If you experience ongoing shooting pain, burning discomfort, or numbness, you could have a herniated disc. At Pain Medicine Group in Sarasota and Oviedo, Florida, interventional pain medicine specialists diagnose and treat herniated discs to relieve your discomfort and make everyday tasks easier. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.
A herniated disc develops when a spinal disc, one of the cushioning structures between the vertebrae that supports your spine, gets damaged or ruptures. The disc’s jellylike interior presses through a crack in the more rigid protective exterior, and it can happen in any part of your spine, irritating nerves and causing unpleasant symptoms when left untreated.
Common symptoms you may have with a herniated disc include:
Not everyone with a herniated disc has noticeable symptoms, while other people experience severe discomfort. See the team at Pain Medicine Group at the first sign of severe or ongoing pain.
Common causes and risk factors for developing a herniated disc include:
To reduce your chance of developing a herniated disc, get regular exercise, don’t smoke, maintain good posture, eat healthy foods, and maintain a healthy body weight.
Your Pain Medicine Group provider can determine if you have a herniated disc after discussing your symptoms and medical history. They complete a physical exam, including a neurological exam to assess your reflexes, muscle strength, touch sensation, and walking ability.
Other diagnostic tests your provider could recommend include X-rays, CT scans, MRIs, other imaging procedures, or nerve tests.
If you have a herniated disc, your specialist could recommend one or more of the following treatments to relieve your discomfort:
Strategies you can use at home to alleviate herniated disc pain include using ice or heat packs, getting enough rest, and keeping your physical activity light until you heal. Avoid heavy lifting.
Taking certain medications can reduce pain and relax muscles when you have a herniated disc.
Chiropractic care, acupuncture, and massage are alternative treatments that help reduce nerve pain naturally.
If other treatments haven’t worked, your Pain Medicine Group specialist may suggest you undergo surgery to repair problems caused by a herniated disc and give you long-lasting pain relief.
If you suspect you have a herniated disc and want to feel better, call the Pain Medicine Group office or schedule an appointment online today.