Herniated Disc – Get a Full Recovery Right at Home!
The bones (vertebrae) of the spinal column protect nerves that come out of the brain and travel down your back to form the spinal cord. Nerve roots are large nerves that branch out from the spinal cord and leave your spinal column between each vertebrae.
The spinal bones are separated by discs. These discs cushion the spinal column and put space between your vertebrae. The discs allow movement between the vertebrae, which lets you bend and reach.
With herniated disc:
- The disc may move out of place (herniate) or break open (rupture) from injury or strain. When this happens, there may be pressure on the spinal nerves. This can lead to pain, numbness, or weakness.
- The lower back (lumbar area) of the spine is the most common area for a slipped disc. The neck (cervical) discs are sometimes affected. The upper-to-mid-back (thoracic) discs are rarely involved.
Ouch, right sounds painful and it is. A herniated disc is one cause of radiculopathy. This is any disease that affects the spinal nerve roots.
Slipped discs occur more often in middle-aged and older men, usually after strenuous activity. Other risk factors include conditions present at birth (congenital) that affect the size of the lumbar spinal canal.
The pain will most often occur on one side of the body.
- With a slipped disc in your lower back, you may have sharp pain in one part of the leg, hip, or buttocks and numbness in other parts. You may also feel pain or numbness on the back of the calf or sole of the foot. The same leg may also feel weak.
- With a slipped disc in your neck, you may have pain when moving your neck, deep pain near or over the shoulder blade, or pain that moves to the upper arm, forearm, and fingers. You can also have numbness along your shoulder, elbow, forearm, and fingers.
The pain often starts slowly but it may get worse after standing or sitting, at night, when sneezing, coughing or laughing. When bending backwards or even walking more than a few yards. You may also have weakness in certain muscles. Sometimes you may not notice it until your doctor examines you. In other cases, you will notice that you have a hard time lifting your leg or arm, standing on your toes on one side, squeezing tightly with one of your hands, or other problems. The pain, numbness, or weakness often goes away or improves a lot over weeks to months.
When you go for your check up your doctor will check:
Your doctor may also ask you to:
- Bend forward, backward, and sideways
- Sit, stand, and walk. While you walk, your doctor may ask you to try walking on your toes and then your heels.
- Raise your shoulders, elbow, wrist, and hand and check your strength during these tasks
- Move your neck forward, backward, and sideways
Leg pain that occurs when you sit down on an exam table and lift your leg straight up usually suggests a slipped disc in your lower back.
In another test, you’ll bend your head forward and to the sides while the health care provider puts slight downward pressure on the top of your head. Increased pain or numbness during this test is usually a sign of pressure on a nerve in your neck.
- Nerve conduction velocity test may also be done.
- Spine MRI or spine CT will show that the herniated disc is pressing on the spinal canal.
- Myelogram may be done to determine the size and location of disc herniation.
- EMG may be done to determine the exact nerve root that is involved.
- Spine x-ray may be done to rule out other causes of back or neck pain. However, it is not possible to diagnose a herniated disc by a spine x-ray alone.
A short period of rest with medication for the pain will be the first treatment for a herniated disc, then followed by physical therapy. Most people who follow these treatments recover and return to normal activities. Some people will need to have more treatment. This may include steroid injections or surgery. But when it comes down to it, just taking better care of yourself and not over doing it at work or around the house can make a huge difference in the way you feel and how you recover. Be sure to have a great exercise routine, an exercise program that specializes in the backs anatomy and for herniated disc ( slipped disc ) and all disc disease. It’s important for nearly everyone with disc disease to apply the right exercise for a safe and healthy recover. Doctor’s Pain Relief Systems is designed to help strengthen and condition the back and to help improve your over all health as well. Dr. Hurst has recommended this pain relief systems to all his patients for years and has seen and gotten great results and reviews. It’ll help strengthen muscles that help support the spine and increase flexibility in your spine and legs. It’s a great back pain treatment that works wonders for those who have degenerative disc disease, herniated disc, lower back pain, upper back pain and even knee, hip and neck pain. You don’t need to experience back pain anymore because you’re going to learn how to solve it completely on your own with the Doctor’s Pain Relief Systems!
For more great tips on back pain and health related conditions, be sure to like us on Facebook!