Disc pain symptoms

Disc pain symptoms can take many forms. Specific descriptions of your symptoms are helpful for any physician to diagnose your spine condition and prescribe an appropriate course of treatment.

It may be hard to explain physical pain, especially when you’re faced with neck and back discomfort on a daily basis. You may be surprised to learn that there are several ways you can effectively describe disc pain symptoms.

Let’s look at a few ways you can describe your disc pain symptoms:

  • Mechanical pain — This type of acute pain may flare up with movement. For instance, if you cough, move suddenly or sit forward too quickly, you may cause a sharp episode of pain. A herniated or bulging disc may cause mechanical disc pain.
  • Neuropathic pain — This type of pain is caused by nerve pinching or compression. Many neck and back conditions, such as bulging discs, cause neuropathic back disc pain because the damaged disc affects nerve pathways of the central nervous system. Neuropathic pain is most commonly characterized by disc pain symptoms of burning or stabbing.
  • Nociceptive pain — This type of pain is caused by stimulation of the nociceptors, which are sensory neurons that send signals of pain directly to the spinal cord and brain. For instance, damage to sensory organs, like the skin, trigger nociceptive pain. Characterized by aching, stinging, burning or throbbing, nociceptive pain usually goes away after a short period of time.
  • Chronic pain — This type of pain is long lasting — it may even persist when original injury that caused the pain has healed, because pain signals remain in the nervous system. Degenerative arthritis of the spine often causes chronic pain. Chronic pain is pain that lasts more than three months.
  • Acute pain — This type of pain begins suddenly and can be very severe, but it is not long lasting. Acute pain is pain that lasts less than three months.

Treating your disc pain symptoms

If you feel that you are experiencing disc pain symptoms, it is time to contact your physician. He or she will likely perform a physical exam along with an MRI or CT scan to provide a proper diagnosis and may prescribe a routine of nonsurgical treatments.

If the nonsurgical treatments prove ineffective, Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive spine surgery that has helped more than 60,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain.

Our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures are performed using smaller incisions on an outpatient basis, and do not require the lengthy recoveries§ often associated with traditional open neck or back surgery.

Contact us today for a no-cost MRI review* and take the next step toward pain relief.