Herniated spinal discs are just one of many conditions that may cause back pain. At times they can be difficult to identify and treat but the sooner they are diagnosed the sooner you can begin working toward pain relief. This article will explain how to identify the symptoms of herniated spinal discs, and how to approach a successful treatment.
What Causes Spinal Discs to Herniate?
In between each vertebra in the spine is a disc that acts as a cushion preventing the bones from rubbing against each other and facilitates movement.
Here are a few of the most common symptoms of a herniated disc:
- Pain in the back or neck
- Tingling or numbness in the back, legs, and/or hands
- Bladder and bowel control issues
Symptoms tend to vary widely based on the patient. Some people will have no symptoms at all, while others will be in debilitating pain.
Various Treatments for Herniated Discs
There are numerous ways to treat a herniated disc in the spine, including all of the following:
- NSAIDs and prescription pain medication
- Pain injections like cortisone shots, nerve blocks, etc.
- Chiropractic and physical therapy
- PRP injections and other regenerative therapies
- Surgery to remove the herniated disc
Patients typically begin with the less invasive treatments and work their way up to surgery if the pain does not resolve. A patient may start with over the counter pain pills and move on to pain injections when those pills don’t work to adequately relieve the pain. There is no option that works best for every patient in every instance. Each case has to be evaluated on its own and a unique treatment method crafted based on the individual patient.
Edina Spine Pain Treatment
If you are experiencing back pain or any of the other symptoms of a herniated spinal disc, make an appointment with the back pain specialists at Advanced Spine & Pain Clinics of Minnesota. Our physicians have decades of experience treating Minnesotans who suffer from back pain. Call to make your appointment today!