How do you know if you have a herniated disc? The following symptoms are common for herniated disc sufferers and indicate you should seek treatment and herniated disc care. These symptoms do depend on the severity, size, and position of the herniation and herniated disc.
If youre experiencing a dull ache in your lower back or mild back pain, you may have a herniated disc. In these instances, the disc isnt necessarily pressing on a nerve.
If you are experiencing intense back pain, numbness, or a weak feeling in that location, your herniated disc may be pressing on a nerve.
If your symptoms include pain traveling down the backside, leg, and through the ankle and even to the foot, this is a strong indication that the herniated disc is putting pressure on a spinal nerve, causing sciatica.
If youre experiencing any of the following herniated disc symptoms, seek prompt herniated disc care.
Often times, Leg pain is a symptom of a herniated disc:
This pain usually occurs in only one leg.
It may start suddenly or gradually.
Isnt necessarily always constantit may come and go.
This pain may get worse when sneezing, coughing, or going to the bathroom.
Often times the pain is worse sitting and driving.
If youre experiencing these herniated disc symptoms, avoid: uncomfortable sitting postures, prolonged standing, and bending or twisting movements.
You can temporarily relieve this pain by: walking, lying down on your back with a pillow under your knees, and other positions that relax the spine to decrease pressure on the damaged disc.
The following symptoms indicate Nerve-related herniated disc problems:
Tingling ("pins-and-needles" sensation) or numbness in one leg.
Weakness in certain muscles in one or both legs/feet.
Pain running down the front, side or back of the thigh.
The good news, herniated disc sufferers, is that surgery is not necessary in most cases.
Herniated disc care is non-surgical, drugless, and effective in treating lower back pain caused by herniated disks. Your chiropractor will use diagnostic procedures to evaluate your medical history, vital signs, reflexes, orthopedics and muscle strength during an examination to decide if you are in need of herniated disc care. Your chiropractor will never try to pop the disc back into place or perform any forceful adjustments. Usually, they will gently treat the area with low-force manipulations over time, to facilitate healing and improve mechanical function. More advanced conditions may require Non-Surgical Axial Spinal Decompression Treatments to repair the damaged disc. Periodic evaluation is also necessary and part of the herniated disc care routine. Your chiropractor will manipulate the area to move the disc away from the nerve, preventing further pain and inflammation.
If youre suffering from a herniated disc, seek chiropractic services and herniated disc care. The chiropractor you choose has substantial knowledge of diagnosis and treatment using non-forceful techniques. He or she will put you on a herniated disc care program that works for you.