Three quick tips before torn disc treatment

The pain and discomfort of having a torn disc in your back can drastically slow down your daily life. While a torn disc is not something to be taken lightly, there are also some warning signs you can identify and things you can do at the start of your condition to better prepare you for seeking torn disc treatment options.

For many people, seeking torn disc treatment from your doctor is an important step to finding pain relief. Before you schedule your appointment with your doctor, take a moment to read these tips on how to prepare yourself to discuss your torn disc treatment options with your physician.

  1. Identify your symptoms. To determine whether or not you should seek a doctor for torn disc treatment, first identify the symptoms you are experiencing. The most common symptoms of a torn disc include pain, muscle weakness and sometimes a burning sensation in the nearest arm or leg from the disc pinching a nerve root. Write down the symptoms you feel so your doctor can use the information to prescribe torn disc treatment options for your condition.
  2. Monitor any symptom changes. Typically, a torn disc develops slowly as the spine wears down with age. Take notice if your symptoms begin as mild and then gradually worsen, or if they worsen during certain movements. Also notice if your symptoms appear suddenly, especially after an injury or strenuous activity. This information will help your doctor determine the best approach for your torn disc treatment plan.
  3. Try home remedies. In some cases, the symptoms of a minor injury or strained muscle will resemble the symptoms of a torn disc. Typically, symptoms for a minor injury will subside with simple at-home treatments, such as rest, hot/cold compresses and over-the-counter medication. If these remedies do not help relieve your symptoms, schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss conservative torn disc treatment options.

For more information regarding torn disc treatment options, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We offer minimally invasive spine surgery as an alternative to traditional open neck or back surgery. Our team can provide you with a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.