Is disc pain making it too painful for you to lead and enjoy your normal, active lifestyle? Is it becoming harder and harder to walk easily, perform basic daily tasks, or exercise and play sports like you’re used to, all because of the weakness, numbness, or tingling in your lower back or neck? If so, it’s certainly easy to become frustrated and dejected. Nobody wants to suffer from disc pain and other symptoms of a spinal condition, but learning more about the causes and treatment options can help you as you try to regain your normal, healthy spine function.
Causes of Disc Pain
Your intervertebral discs are the spongy, cushioning bodies that act as shock absorbers between each vertebra of your spine. Over time, these discs naturally degenerate due to normal wear and tear. Collectively referred to as degenerative disc disease, this degeneration can lead to:
- Bulging discs
- Herniated discs
- Prolapsed discs (or “slipped” discs)
- Disc protrusion
- Disc collapse or thinning
- And more
While these conditions can arise without causing any symptoms at all, problems can spring up when a disc’s local nerves become irritated and inflamed. Deterioration of a disc or discs also may lead to compression of a spinal nerve or the spinal cord itself. This is where the disc pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness you may be experiencing come from.
Whether your disc pain is caused by a bulging disc, herniated disc, a pinched nerve, or some other cause, the most commonly recommended treatments are any of a variety of nonsurgical, conservative methods including physical therapy, exercise, rest, hot/cold therapy, medications, and others. However, if you’ve suffered from disc pain for weeks or months and these treatment options have failed to reduce your back pain or neck pain, contact Laser Spine Institute today. Our orthopedic experts perform a variety of state-of-the-art endoscopic procedures that are safe and effective and may be able to help you rediscover your life without back pain.