Slipped disc symptoms — when to see a physician

If you think symptoms like pain, tingling, numbness or weakness in your neck, back or extremities are caused by a slipped disc, it is important to see your physician for a proper diagnosis before attempting to treat yourself. In some cases, discomfort may only be caused by a mild muscle strain or ligament sprain that will likely heal on its own. When symptoms get worse or persist for more than several weeks or months, it’s time to see a physician for a potential slipped disc diagnosis.

If a physician suspects that a degenerative disc issue, like a slipped disc, is at fault, he or she will likely order an MRI or CT scan to confirm it. Getting a confirmed diagnosis and physician-approved treatment plan is important because improperly treating your condition can worsen your symptoms, consisting of pain, numbness, weakness and tingling in the legs as well as bowel or bladder dysfunction and possibly paralysis. To learn about the available treatment methods for this condition, read the following article.

Relieving slipped disc symptoms

Most treatment plans for slipped disc symptoms will begin conservatively with a course of nonsurgical treatments like range-of-motion exercises, acupuncture, heat massage, physical therapy, low-impact exercise and hot/cold compresses. Lifestyle changes like losing weight or quitting smoking can also help to improve overall health and take pressure off the spine.

Depending on the severity of your condition, your physician may also recommend more targeted pain management techniques such as:

  • Prescription medications
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Pain-relieving patches
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy

Learning more about the slipped disc surgery at Laser Spine Institute

Many people who experience slipped disc symptoms are able to find relief with a combination of the above treatments. In some cases, surgery to relieve nerve compression by a slipped disc or other spine condition becomes necessary if you do not experience adequate relief from your symptoms. If surgery becomes an option for you, contact Laser Spine Institute.

Our minimally invasive spine surgery is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^ The highly skilled surgeons at our state-of-the-art facilities are able to access the spine and decompress nerves with a small muscle-sparing incision. The result is a shorter recovery time with fewer complications than traditional open spine surgery.^

Reach out to us today for your free MRI review* to determine if you may be a candidate for one of our minimally invasive outpatient procedures. We have helped more than 75,000 patients find lasting relief since 2005 and we look forward to helping you recapture your quality of life from your slipped disc symptoms.