Herniated Disc Treatment
You may be familiar with the terms herniated disc, prolapsed disc, and
ruptured disc. These are the terms that we use to identify injury to the
disc that sits between two vertebrae.
Naming this injury a “slipped disc” is incorrect. An inter
vertebral disc is tightly squished between two vertebrae that the disc
is attached to; causing it so it cannot slip. The disc grows together
with the adjacent vertebrae and can become injured by being squeezed,
stretched and twisted, all in tiny increments. The disc can also be torn,
ripped, herniated, and degenerated.
What You Notice
You will notice pain from a herniated disk when you are moving around and
when you are idle, the pain will be less intense. Any coughing, sneezing,
sitting, driving or bending forward can cause the pain to intensify. When
your body takes these actions, more pressure is applied to the nerve causing
you to experience more pain. Where the pain is located depends on the
weakest of the discs. The pain level will rely on how much of the disk
is pressing on the nerve. Some people experience pain in both of their
legs. In others, the legs or feet feel numb or tingly.
What It Feels Like
- Any type of back pain
- Shooting pains down one or both legs
- Pain when twisting to the left or right
- Difficulty controlling legs, off balance
- Numbness and tingling in feet or legs
- Pain while moving the arms or legs
- Sciatic symptoms
What To Do
Over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen might
help with short term pain, but only identifying and healing the disc will
eliminate the pain. You should immediately schedule an appointment with
Utah Spine & Disc to have anti-inflammatory WaveTherapy™ and
decompression treatment to start healing the disc.