How do you tell if you have a compressed disk?
What are the symptoms of spinal cord compression?
- Pain and stiffness in the neck, back, or lower back.
- Burning pain that spreads to the arms, buttocks, or down into the legs (sciatica)
- Numbness, cramping, or weakness in the arms, hands, or legs.
- Loss of sensation in the feet.
- Trouble with hand coordination.
What can you do for compressed discs in your back?
Nonsurgical treatment may include:
- Rest. One to 2 days of bed rest will usually help relieve back and leg pain.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs). Medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen can help relieve pain.
- Physical therapy.
- Epidural steroid injection.
Can you fix compressed discs?
The most common surgical procedure performed for a single herniated disc is called a microdiscectomy. During this procedure, a small incision is made and the surgeon will work to remove the herniated part of the disc. If any other fragments are pressing on your nerves, they will remove those as well.
What does a back disc problem feel like?
Pain is often described as sharp or burning. Numbness or tingling. People who have a herniated disk often have radiating numbness or tingling in the body part served by the affected nerves.
Can you walk with a slipped disc?
While it may be tempting to refrain from all physical activity while you’re experiencing the pain or discomfort of a slipped disc, this can lead to muscle weakness and joint stiffness. Instead, try to remain as active as possible through stretching or low-impact activities such as walking.
How long does it take for a disc bulge to heal?
Most (80-90%) cases involving bulging or herniated discs will heal within 2-4 months.
How do I know if I have sciatica or a herniated disc?
Typically, a herniated disc is preceded by an episode of low back pain or a long history of intermittent episodes of low back pain. Lumbar spine (lower back): Sciatica/Radiculopathy frequently results from a herniated disc in the lower back.
How do you tell difference between pulled muscle and herniated disc?
1. In general, disc herniations hurt both with bending forward AND with returning from bending up to an upright position. Back strains or sprains tend to hurt less with bending forward, and more with returning from a forward bend.