Symptoms can include pain, numbness, and/or weakness wherever the affected nerve travels. By age 40, about 60% of us have some form of degenerative disc disease. Often, a Herniated Disc is associated with low back pain or pain that radiates down the leg.
Methods of Diagnosis
Typically, a basic physical or neurological exam and imaging tests, such as X-rays or MRI and CT scans, are used to diagnose a Herniated Disc.
Methods of Treatment
Initially, treatment can include rest, heating pads, ice packs, and over-the-counter pain medications. In more advanced cases, physical therapy and corticosteroid medications are used. Usually, over time, a Herniated Disc will heal on its own. In fact, only about 1 in 10 patients end up requiring surgery. For those considering surgery, several minimally invasive surgical procedures are available.
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