Herniated Disc Treatment
When the exterior, hard shell of a spinal disc is ruptured, the softer, interior material inside the disc can leak outside. This is known as a herniated disc, a condition that can cause pain, sciatica and other symptoms. At CLEAR Wellness Group, we offer interventional pain therapies and herniated disc treatment to relieve back pain at our clinic in Chicago, IL.
Herniated discs can be caused by a variety of factors. Often, a patient may have degenerative disc issues that cause the spinal disc to become flatter, brittle and more vulnerable to injury. Older adults and those who are less active are more prone to herniated disc injuries, due to changes in the discs from aging or less muscular support for the spine. Herniated discs are more likely to occur in the lower back or lumbar spine, which is under more stress and strain.
Symptoms of Herniated Discs
When the exterior of a spinal disc tears or is ruptured, there may be immediate localized pain, but this can subside. The ongoing symptoms are often caused by fragments of the disc that irritate nerves around or behind the spinal disc. These symptoms can include:
- Lower back pain – this can be continuous or intermittent
- Sciatica symptoms – shooting pain or tingling on one side of the buttocks or legs
- Muscle weakness traveling into the legs
- Muscle spasm in the lower back
- Bladder or bowel changes
An accurate diagnosis is needed for a herniated disc, as the symptoms can be similar to many other spinal conditions. Once diagnosed, herniated disc treatment can include conservative rest and physical therapy, along with interventional pain relief options like injection therapy.
If you have the symptoms of a herniated disc and want to explore treatment options, contact us at CLEAR Wellness Group. We offer effective herniated disc treatments at our clinic in Chicago for back pain relief.