A herniated disc, also known as a fractured or “slipped” disc, is a common back disorder that can sometimes cause back pain. Herniated discs occur when one of the pieces of rubber cartilage between the vertebrae tears or slips in place. This can cause back, leg, arm, or neck pain. If you experience pain in this area, a pain specialist working with the Health Balance Medical can help. This specialist focuses on non-surgical conservative care.
if you have a ruptured disc, it can cause severe back pain. Along with a ruptured disc, back pain can also be caused due by sprains or strains in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. However, low back pain combined with back pain in one or both legs (sciatica) usually indicate a herniated or ruptured disc.
How to know I have a herniated disc?
Herniated discs are very common. They don’t always cause pain or noticeable symptoms so you may experience them and not even notice. The painless sliding washer usually doesn’t require maintenance.
People who are at higher risk of painful discs include those who:
Lift heavy objects
Take part in sports activities
If you are overweight
If you hurt yourself
Symptoms of a disc hernia may include pain in both legs, weakness in one or both legs, a burning sensation in the buttocks or legs, and pain that increases when sitting, bending over, or sneezing.
Herniated Disc Treatment:
Patients can recover from a herniated disc without surgery, in most cases. Specialists from the Health Balance Medical often use epidural nerve blocks and high-frequency neurotomies.
Epidural Nerve Block – This is a corticosteroid injection that can reduce inflammation in the surrounding spinal tissue. This treatment can provide significant long-term relief from disc herniation.
Radio Frequency Neurotomy – This treatment involves placing a radiofrequency needle near the damaged disc and nerves that cause pain. Heat is then released to numb the nerves and stop the pain.