Many of us deal with back pain at some point in our lives, but we don’t usually consider the cause behind it. Most back pain can be caused by poor posture or unhealthy sleeping positions, but persistent pain with other symptoms might be due to a larger health issue. Back pain should never be ignored, especially if it’s persistent and holding you back from important activities. Here are a few signs your back pain could be caused by a slipped disc.
If you’re suffering from a slipped disc, Neurolink Chiropractic can help. Call or visit our website for more information about our pain management and physical therapy treatments.
Symptoms of a Slipped Disc
‘Slipped disc’ refers to a condition where a cushion of soft tissue between two bones in your spine slips out of place. This can also be called a herniated or prolapsed disc. Not everyone with a slipped disc will even know, since some don’t experience any symptoms. However, the following symptoms can all be related to, or caused by, a slipped disc:
- Pain in neck or lower back
- Difficulty bending or straightening your back
- Muscle stiffness or weakness
- Tingling or numbness in feet, shoulders, hands, back, arms, or legs
- Pain in your hips, legs, or buttocks (indicates the slipped disc is pressing on a sciatic nerve)
Getting a Diagnosis
Getting a diagnosis from your doctor is the key to getting the best possible treatment for your slipped disc. On top of that, being able to put a name to the pain you’re experiencing can be very comforting, especially if you’ve been debilitated by it for a long stretch of time.
Talk to your doctor about your symptoms and tell them you’re concerned that it could be a slipped disc. Your doctor will perform a physical exam to determine the root of your pain and where it has spread. It’s unlikely you’ll have to undergo any other exams, unless your doctor specifically wants to rule other symptoms out. You might be given an x-ray or referred to a specialist for further diagnostic testing or treatment.
Treatment for a Slipped Disc
The most important step in treating symptoms of a slipped disc is rest. Take a few days off of work, don’t exert yourself more than necessary, and try to reduce stressors in your life. These will all help relieve and prevent flare-ups. Once your resting period is over, try to find the best balance of responsibilities and relaxation for your body.
Chiropractic treatments are a safe, natural way to treat a slipped disc. A chiropractor will create a treatment plan involving spinal manipulation and exercises to strengthen the muscles surrounding the area.
Slipped Disc Treatment with Neurolink Chiropractic
Neurolink Chiropractic offers state-of-the-art chiropractic neurology services to give you real relief from your chronic spinal pain. Our team delivers physical therapy, spinal decompression, and other non-surgical treatments to improve your spinal health. Call or visit our website to learn more about our services today!