How to tell if you have a herniated disc – Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

Back pain is one of the most common pains that people all over the globe suffer from. That is due to the variety in back disorder that can affect a person at any given time. Among them is a condition called herniated disc disorder.

A herniated disc, also called a slipped disc, occurs when the one of the discs of the spinal column is injured and the inner portion of the disc protrudes through the outer ring of the disc. If any one of these discs slips out of place, the bones in the spinal canal collide with each other and put pressure on a spinal nerve, or multiple spinal nerves, which causes a series of symptoms that will be discussed further down in this article.


However, there are other causes that can lead to a herniated disc, such as:
·      Natural wear and tear of the spine as we age
·      Loss of water content from within the discs
·      Genetics
·      Physical/mechanical injury
·      Poor posture

Risk factors that can cause a herniated disk to appear oftentimes include:
·      Lifting heavy objects
·      Being overweight
·      Sitting down for long periods of time
·      Weak core muscles

That being said, you should keep these causes and risk factors in mind so that you can differentiate between a slipped disc and another spinal condition that can manifest similar symptoms.


Symptoms of a herniated disc, or better said the signs that you should look out for to know whether or not you suffer from this condition, include:
· You may feel pain in the lumbar spine, that can extend to the lower part of the body, including the legs and calves, it might be a sign that you have a herniated disc; if the herniation is severe enough, the nerve roots might be affected, leading to more intense symptoms
· Neck pains, or pain in the cervical area of your spine
· Numbness or tingling in your arm or leg

Diagnosis and Treatment

Because your symptoms alone can easily pass for other spinal disorders, the causes mentioned in a previous section must be kept in mind in order to provide an accurate diagnosis.

The first stage in obtaining a diagnosis is to talk to seek medical attention. Your doctor will begin the process of diagnosing you by perform a physical examination. You may also be asked relevant questions regarding your overall health, as well as any activities that you have carried out recently that might have influenced the triggering of your symptoms. If any cause for concern is suspected or detected during this initial examination, you may be referred to have further tests.

These will help rule out the presence of more severe spinal conditions, and are meant to detect issues such as affected nerves or other types of damage sustained by the spinal column, such as tumours.

If you get a diagnosis for a herniated disc in the end, there are a few methods of treatment that you may want to consider. They are listed below in ascending order, from the least to the most invasive degree.

· Physical therapy. It is the most efficient method for treating this condition, as it is highly effective and causes no side effects. It is also preferred as it is a natural method of treatment. Spinal decompression therapy is especially effective at mitigating the effects and causes of a slipped disc.

· Anti inflammatory medication. This can help to temporarily mask the symptoms associated with a herniated disc but do nothing in the long term. On the contrary, they might cause lasting damage, and are not recommended to be used for long periods of time

· Surgery. This is the least recommended treatment option as it can lead to a series of complications that can make a patient’s condition even worse than before the procedure even took place.

The best course of action is to try and prevent the occurrence of disc herniation. However, because that’s not always possible, it is highly recommended to try out natural, non-invasive treatments first, and not to take the road to the last resort as a first step instead.

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