When a disc becomes herniated, the disc can press on nerves and cause pain, numbness and tingling. A disc can be damaged by a fall or accident, repeated straining of the back, lifting weights, violent twisting, and can occur without any specific mechanism of injury.
- Back Pain
- Numbness, tingling, pain, weakness in one or both legs
- Change in bowel or bladder habits (if this happens, seek medical attention immediately)
Your physician will evaluate your injury by taking a complete medical history, including mechanism of injury, prior injuries and symptoms. Your physician will perform a complete examination of your back. Your physician may also send you for an MRI or CT scan.
- Take an anti-inflammatory or pain medication prescribed by your physician
- Heat pack
- Physical therapy
- An injection of a corticosteroid to reduce inflammation and help control pain
- Lying flat on your back with your legs elevated or lying on your stomach with a pillow underneath your stomach whichever is more comfortable
- Maintaining a healthy weight, eating a proper diet, and exercising
- Strengthen core muscles