Herniated Disc Symptoms And Possible Treatments

In: Health and Fitness

18 Jul 2010

There are times when there are no pains felt, but there are weaknesses in the limbs and there is nothing to explain it but that it could be herniated disc symptoms. There are other causes, however, the symptom of inexplicable weakness that can say that it is neurological in nature. The only way to make sure that the herniated disc symptoms are really because of a hernia is through scanning and imaging by utilizing the MRI and the CT scan.

As the spinal column encases the spinal cord, the area where the bulge is located will determine the herniated disc symptoms which may include pain, numbness, and a weakness on the areas where the affected nerve travels. To know which part of the spine is affected, the area which feels the symptoms will indicate that specific area. If, for example, the herniated disc symptoms are felt in the lower limbs, then the area should be the lumbar vertebrae. Now, if the symptoms are felt along the arms or the trunk area, then it is the thoracic area that is having the bulging disc. If the neck or facial area is affected, or it is generalized, most probably the cervical area is affected.

Pain medication, rest and some supervised exercise may be all that it takes for the herniated or bulging disc treatment. Sometimes, when the pain is not so severe, the patient simply pops a pill or two and the symptoms may totally reverse itself and can be forgotten. However, the pain can continue for some time and without the guidance of the doctor, this can lead to a dependence on the pills which cause relief.

It is important therefore to go through the medication under the guidance and supervision of a physician as they can monitor when to increase or decrease the medication or call for other treatments available other than the non-invasive ones. With the medicines, an exercise regimen may be necessary to improve the mobility of the spine as the absence of any movement may just make mobility difficult in the future.

The last of the treatments to be recommended for herniated disc symptoms is surgery. This is an invasive procedure and there are a whole lot of risks involved if the procedure is not done properly by a certified neurosurgeon. Also, the medications and the rest and exercise can usually improve the condition and there should be no cause for worries if everything is going well.

It is however true also that there are some cases where nothing works. If everything else fails, then the last resort is of course surgery, the final and most efficient way to cure the herniation and the herniated disc symptoms.

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