If you have a herniated disc, you may experience the following symptoms:
Herniated discs often happen as a result of the normal wear and tear associated with aging. Turning or twisting the wrong way can cause a ruptured disc, so can using your back to lift heavy objects instead of lifting with your arms and legs.
Risk factors for a herniated a disc include family history (genetics), being overweight or obese — this puts extra pressure on the spine — and having a physically demanding job. You’re also at risk if you continuously lift, push, or pull heavy objects.
Various treatment options help manage herniated disc pain and promote a faster recovery. Treatments available through Dr. Ash’s office include:
Ultrasound therapy uses sound waves to aid in healing, and cold laser therapy utilizes low-level light energy to ease pain and enhance healing. Electric muscle stimulation sends electronic pulses to nerves, to create muscle contractions.
Herniated disc injuries and pain often improve gradually with proper treatment. A small number of men and women who suffer from herniated discs require surgery. Dr. Ash talks with you about which treatment option is the best match for you based on your medical history.
A few simple tips can help prevent herniated disc recurrence:
When you’re ready to relieve the pain associated with a herniated disc and recovery quickly, call Dr. Ash’s office or book an appointment online.