Herniated Disc

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Herniated Disc

Herniated disc refers to a condition in which the disc that sits between vertebrae breaks open and

loses its jelly-like substance. This condition affects the back and may not always cause

symptoms. Symptoms that do occur are described as a tingling pain or numbness that may spread

down one or both legs. Tests for herniated discs are not usually offered until symptoms have

occurred for at least 4 to 6 weeks. Tests for herniated discs include imaging scan like MRIs or

CT scans that show what is happening with the tissue inside the back. A physician should be

seen if there is new back pain, leg weakness, problems controlling the bladder or bowels, “foot

drop” when you can not seem to keep to hold the foot up while walking etc., or back/leg pain

accompanied with a fever.

Treatment

  • Pain medication
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Injections
  • Spinal manipulation: physical therapist adjusts the back
  • Massage
  • Keep active
  • Surgery: for those with extreme discomfort, surgery involves removing the disc that is injured
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