HERNIATED DISC

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.

Symptoms

  • Back Pain
  • Numbness, tingling, pain, weakness in one or both legs
  • Change in bowel or bladder habits (if this happens, seek medical attention immediately)

Diagnosis

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.

Treatment

  • Take an anti-inflammatory or pain medication prescribed by your physician
  • Heat pack
  • Traction
  • Massage
  • 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

Prevention

  • Maintaining a healthy weight, eating a proper diet, and exercising
  • Strengthen core muscles

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