Torn disc symptoms and treatment

If you’re experiencing torn disc symptoms, treatment is likely your first concern. It may comfort you to know that oftentimes, at-home remedies and over-the-counter medications can sufficiently alleviate the pain and discomfort created by a torn spinal disc, and symptoms can improve on their own over time. If you have mild back pain, and your other symptoms aren’t interfering with your life significantly, your physician may suggest a combination of conservative (nonsurgical) treatments.

Torn disc symptoms

Depending on how much the torn disc impacts the nerves around it, torn disc symptoms can be so mild they’re hardly noticeable or so severe that your normal daily routine becomes difficult or impossible. Symptoms can also extend further than the area of the spine the torn disc is in, as sensations can travel along the spinal cord and its nerve roots into other parts of the body. Torn disc symptoms include:

  • Chronic pain near the site of the disc
  • Diminished reflexes
  • The sensation of heat or pins-and-needles
  • Numbness or tingling in the extremities
  • Muscle weakness
  • Arm or leg pain
  • Radiating or traveling pain

Torn disc treatment

Initially, your physician may suggest a combination of simple, at-home treatments to alleviate the discomfort caused by your torn disc. Some of these include NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), plenty of sleep, light stretching or yoga and hot pads or ice packs. If those don’t improve your symptoms, your doctor may suggest physical therapy, prescription pain medication or lifestyle modification – such as building muscle, losing weight, or adjusting your posture.

If conservative treatments don’t provide sufficient, lasting relief, surgery may be an option. To receive a no-cost MRI review* and find out if you’re a candidate for minimally invasive, outpatient surgery at Laser Spine Institute for the treatment of your torn disc, contact us today.