Herniated discs are one of the most common types of spinal cord problems. Spinal discs become herniated when its outer wall becomes weak, and the inner core of the disc is exposed. How can you tell if your back pain is attributed to a herniated disc? Note the symptoms you are experiencing. It will also depend on the location of the herniated disc, as well as the degree of pain you are experiencing.
Do I Have the Symptoms?
Is your herniated disc pressing on a nerve? It is possible that someone could have a herniated disc without knowing as you would not feel the normal symptoms, such as loss of mobility and sharp, shooting pain. When the herniated disc is rubbing on a nerve, then the symptoms become more apparent.
Here are some of the most common symptoms:
- “Pins and needles” tingling sensation
- Weakness in the muscles
- Pain that travels down the leg and buttocks to the feet
- Pain in the front thigh area
- Muscle spasm and deep muscle pain
As always, we at Alexander Bone and Spine Institute recommend obtaining an accurate diagnosis so that you are receiving the right form of treatment. Home remedies can help reduce some of the pain. For example, applying heat or ice to the area can soothe some of the aches while taking over-the-counter medication will numb the symptoms temporarily. There are long-term solutions, such as surgery, to address more serious issues. We urge you to consult first with our doctor to determine the right course of treatment for you.
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After receiving training with a Cleveland Clinic Fellowship, Dr. Lawrence Alexander founded Alexander Bone and Spine Institute. He is committed to providing high-quality patient care and treating the source of the problem. Our treatments are minimally invasive, as we use the most advanced and leading technologies available.
There is no reason for you to continue living in pain. Let us help you improve your quality of life if you are suffering from neck or back pain. Book your appointment today!