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 a few weeks, there is a good chance that it’s time to see a physician for a potential slipped disc diagnosis.

If a physician suspects that a chronic degenerative condition, like a degenerative disc issue, 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.

Relieving slipped disc symptoms

Most treatment plans for slipped disc symptoms will begin conservatively with a course of nonsurgical treatments like rest, physical therapy, light aerobic 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 narcotic medications
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Analgesic pain patches
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation or TENS therapy

Learning more 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 weeks or months of conservative measures do not improve symptoms.

If surgery becomes an option for you, reach out to Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive spine surgery is an alternative to highly invasive traditional open spine surgery. Our surgeons use state-of-the-art technology to access the spine and decompress nerves with a small, muscle-sparing incision. The result is a shorter recovery time^ with less scarring and fewer complications than traditional open spine surgery.

Contact Laser Spine Institute today for your no-cost MRI review* to determine if you may be a candidate for one of our minimally invasive outpatient procedures.