There are a number of different terms used to describe spinal disc pathology and associated pain, such as herniated disc, pinched nerves, and bulging disc, and all terms are used differently by doctors. Many healthcare professionals do not agree on a specific definition of any of these terms, and patients may be frustrated when they hear their diagnosis referred to in different terms. A variety of interchangeable terms (ruptured disc, torn disc, slipped disc, collapsed disc, disc protrusion, disc disease, only add to the confusion. We wish the terminology was more precise and simpler but it’s not. For someone that isn’t advanced in their medical terminology, it could be like reading a foreign language.
Two Causes of Back Pain: Disc Pain And Pinched Nerves
When trying to determine the cause of a patient’s pain, there’s usually (2) types of spinal disc conditions used. Referring to pinched nerves, the spinal disc is not the cause of the pain, rather it’s the nerve that is being pressured. This produces pain that we refer to as nerve root pain or radicular pain. If the pain is described in the lower back, pain that radiates down the back of the leg, this is often called sciatica.
When referring to disc pain, this is when a patient has symptomatic degenerative disc. Due to the mobility of the lower back among other things, we typically see this in the lower back. With this condition, the disc space is the cause and source of the pain, also known as axial pain.
Either of the above two conditions can occur in the cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine. They tend to be most common in the lower back because the lower back bears the most torque and force on a day to day basis.
It should be kept in mind that all the terms – herniated disc, bulging disc, pinched nerves, slipped disc, ruptured disc, etc. – refer to radiographic findings seen on a CT scan or MRI scan. While these test results are important, they are not as meaningful in determining the cause of the pain as the patient’s specific symptoms and the doctor’s physical exam results.
Herniated Disc Treatment
Herniated disc can cause minor pain up to severe pain that can make you feel terrible. The main goal of herniated disc treatment is to relieve the pain of the patient and any other symptoms that may be present. We always want to start out with treatments that are non-surgical and natural if possible. We have to keep the patient’s pain in mind. We recommend the Doctor’s Back Pain Systems in such cases. This natural back pain treatment will help you relieve most of your pain if not all of it in just a few weeks.