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herniated disc pain

Herniated discs are a very common condition. Some herniated discs cause no symptoms and those tend to go undetected and worsen if it goes unevaluated and untreated. But in most cases, patients do experience pain. Herniated discs most often occur in the lumbar or cervical spine. Symptoms vary depending on where the disc is herniated.

Here are symptoms commonly associated with a herniated disc

Symptoms associated with a herniated disc in the lumbar spine:

The lumbar spine is the lower spine. This is the most common area that a herniated disc can exist because it is an area of the spine that receives the most daily pressure.

  • Leg pain (about 90% of all herniated disc cases complain of leg pain)

  • Numbness or tingling of the foot

  • Sciatic nerve irritation

Symptoms associated with a herniated disc in the cervical spine:

The cervical spine is the upper area of the spine. Having a herniated disc in the cervical spine is not as common as the lumbar spine, however still can be just as serious.

  • Weakness in the deltoid muscle of the arm

  • Weakness in the biceps or wrist extensors

  • Numbness or tingling throughout the arm/hand

Treatment options for a herniated disc

If you are diagnosed with a herniated disc, there are several non-invasive treatment options to consider before taking the route of surgery. Conservative treatment methods such as medical massage and physical therapy can be done as a series to treat the herniated disc without the use of narcotics or surgical procedures. It can take up to 4 to 6 weeks of these treatments to gain alleviation from the pain and for structural changes to occur. Then, a re-evaluation would be ideal to monitor progress and determine the next treatment plan is moving forward.

Herniated disc treatment at Adkore

At Adkore, we typically prescribe a combination of treatments for a herniated disc. We find that a combination of multiple conservative treatments yield maximized and quicker results instead of trial and error with one treatment at a time. One treatment method we always recommend for a herniated disc is spinal decompression treatment. Spinal decompression treatment complemented with the other modalities as pre and post treatment has proven to be very effective for the treatment of herniated and bulging discs.

If you suffer from a herniated disc, you may experience a variety of different pain. Because the herniated disc affects the surrounding nerves, it can at times be hard to identify where the pain is coming from. The best way to find out if you're suffering from a herniated disc is to understand the warning signs and seek medical attention. Working with a doctor to find a combination of treatments that is right for you is the best way for your herniated disc to heal for the long term.

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