If you’re experiencing pain, numbness, tingling, or muscle weakness in your neck, back, or extremities, you may have a spinal condition such as a torn disc. If these symptoms have continued for an extended period of time, you’ve probably asked yourself, “What should I do if I think I have a torn disc?” Any time you experience continued pain, the most sensible course of action is to consult your primary care physician.
How Is a Torn Disc Diagnosed?
During an office visit for neck or back pain, your physician will typically begin the appointment by reviewing your symptoms and making note of your medical history. A physical examination may also be performed to assess muscle strength and reflexes. If necessary, your physician may order one or more of the following diagnostic tests:
- CT scan
- Blood tests
Following these assessments, your physician may be able to diagnose your spinal condition and suggest an appropriate treatment plan.
How Is a Torn Disc Treated?
If your physician diagnoses you with a torn disc, he or she will most likely recommend conservative treatments. This may include pain medications, physical therapy, moderate exercise, or intermittent rest. Alternative treatments including acupuncture, Pilates, and herbal supplements may provide additional relief. Be sure to discuss medications or exercise programs with your physician to prevent further injury or other potentially serious complications.
If you think your neck or back pain may be the result of a torn disc, contact your primary care physician to set up an appointment. This course of action may lead to relief from the pain and discomfort you are experiencing. If these treatments fail to provide relief, you may want to consider the safe and effective outpatient procedures performed by the orthopedic experts at Laser Spine Institute. Contact us to learn more about our state-of-the-art, endoscopic procedures.