Intervertebral disc pain

If you experience intervertebral disc pain on a daily basis, there is hope for recovery. It is possible for damaged intervertebral discs to heal with time and proper treatment, so don’t assume that damaged or degenerated discs mean a lifetime of neck or back pain.

For those who are just beginning to research into intervertebral disc pain, and are wondering if this is the underlying cause of symptoms, the path to healing begins with an accurate diagnosis of the pain. Degenerative spine disorders are often difficult to describe to a physician because these disorders cause radiating pain, which means that pain occurs in an area other than the site of damage.

While a herniated or bulging disc may be pressing on a nerve root close to the spinal cord, those nerve roots branch out and exit the spinal column to form a network of nerves in other areas of the body. Signals of pain can be transferred throughout the length of the nerve, which means disc pain symptoms could actually appear anywhere in the body such as the arms, legs, feet and hands.

The Oswestry Low Back Pain Disability Questionnaire

Many physicians and orthopedists use a diagnostic survey called the Oswestry Low Back Pain Disability Questionnaire to help pinpoint the source of a patient’s intervertebral disc pain, as well as its severity and location. These questions are designed to help you explain your spinal disc pain.

Questions on the Oswestry Questionnaire include:

  • Does pain medication provide you with complete relief from disc pain?
  • Does pain medication provide you with partial relief from pain?
  • Can you completely take care of yourself, such as washing or dressing, without pain?
  • Does pain prevent you from lifting heavy objects?
  • How far are you able to walk without lower back disc pain?
  • How long are you able to sit without pain?
  • How long are you able to stand without pain?
  • When you take pain medication, how long are you able to sleep for?
  • Would you say that your pain alters your social life or prevents you from having a social life?
  • Has traveling become impossible because of your back disc pain?
  • Have your homemaking/job activities been altered because of your pain?

A minimally invasive treatment option

After diagnosing a disc condition such as a bulging or herniated disc as the source of symptoms, treatment usually begins with a course of conservative treatments. Methods like physical therapy, epidural steroid injections, lifestyle changes, massage therapy and chiropractic care help many people achieve lasting relief and return to a good quality of life. If you feel that your disc pain is not responding to nonsurgical treatments and you’re searching for alternatives, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about our minimally invasive spine surgery.

We offer a range of minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures to treat degenerating discs and other common spine conditions. These outpatient procedures are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery^ due to the smaller incision and muscle-sparing techniques used.

Reach out to our caring team for more information and for a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery. Let us help you take the next step toward pain relief and wellness.