What is Disc Herniation?
Disc Herniation is an incident of the lumbar spine that can occur or become aggravated after repetitive use, impact or strain. Disc Herniation is commonly called Herniated Disc, Slipped Disc and/or Bulging Disc. However, all of these terms refer to the same instance of discs connecting the vertebrae housed within the lumbar spine.
What are the Symptoms of a Disc Herniation?
Disc Herniation can cause an array of symptoms depending on the location of the disc and the severity of the injury.
- Radiating Pain
- Muscle Spasm
- Trouble Bending or Lifting
- Difficulty Walking or Standing
- Inability to Twist or Rotate the Torso
- Loss of Ankle or Wrist Reflexes
- Loss of Blatter or Bowell Control
- Nerve Damage or Entrapment Neuropathy
The locality and reach of pain may also be an indicator of which lumbar region is likely to have disc damage. For instance, pain that extends to the outside of the foot likely originates from a different location than pain that extends out to the big toe. The same can be said for pain that extends to the deltoid, bicep, outside of the hand and so on.
Are there Treatment Options for a Disc Herniation??
Scheduling an appointment with a medical professional that specializes in spinal health or related fields – such as we have at Chicagoland Medical – to form a comprehensive treatment plan that might include one or more of the following:
- Physical Exam
- Physical Therapy
- Cervical Traction
- Lifestyle Coaching
- Heat & Ice Therapy
- Ultra Sound
- Electrical Stimulation
- Chiropractic Manipulation
- Osteopathic Manipulation
- Surgical Procedures
- Pharmacological Therapy
Working with a Chicagoland Medical professional can eliminate, greatly reduce or manage your symptoms.
Will I be Prescribed Medication?
- Medication is commonly part of your specific treatment plan. Some medications that you might be prescribed are:
- Steroids like cortisone, prednisone or methylprednisolone
- Anti-inflammatories like Ibuprofen, Advil, Nuprin or Motrin
- Muscle-Relaxants like Flexeril, Valium, Skelaxin, Soma or Robaxin
- Over the Counter Pain Medication such as Motrin IB, Naproxen or Aleve
- Narcotic Pain Medication such as Celebrex, Neurontin, Lyrica or Cymbalta
Your individual treatment plan may use one or more of these medications to aid in your recovery. If you have questions or concerns on using medication, it is important to consult your Chicagoland Medical professional.
After Treatment Will I be Back to Normal?
Every person experiencing Disc Herniation is different and reasonable treatment expectations will be identified as part of your treatment plan.
Disc Herniation is a primary source of pain for many people. Pain Management combined with other restorative therapies may help you regain range of motion and greatly improve your quality of life.
Ultimately, some patients may require lifestyle changes to prevent reoccurring Herniated Disc complications.
No matter what treatment your Herniated Disc requires, we have the professional that can administer the treatment and help you live a pain-free life today!