Sciatica is a term that is often talked about, especially among older patients, indicating an experience of pain traveling down the leg from the lower back often accompanied by numbness or tingling. This condition is often the result of herniation of the discs in the lumbar region of your spine. This condition can be treated and isn’t uncommon, so if you suspect you may be suffering from a herniated lumbar disc, or sciatica, contact your pain management doctor in Las Vegas, NV immediately.
What Exactly Is A Herniated Cervical Disc?
A herniated disc is a condition that results when the disc, a fluid-filled sack that exists between the bones of the spine, experiences a rupture or bulge due to wear and tear or injury. When a herniation occurs it is possible that pressure on the nerves of the lower back will result, causing pain or numbness to radiate throughout this region and one or both of the legs. Discs play a vital role in protecting the bones and nerves in the spinal column so when a herniation occurs, compromising the discs ability to do its job, pain, numbness, and injury can result.
What Symptoms Are Indicative of a Herniated Lumbar Disc?
Hernias can sometimes begin without symptoms, especially if the bulge or rupture doesn’t immediately result in pressure on the nerves. In time, as the condition worsens, a group of symptoms can begin to appear that will make it evident that something is amiss. Some of the symptoms you may experience as a result of a herniated lumbar disc are:
- Pain and numbness in the lower back
- Tingling or pain in that radiates down the leg
- Weakness in the legs and back
- In severe cases loss of bladder control or legs
If you are experiencing any of these conditions it’s time to make an appointment with your physician, in the case of severe symptoms you should get to an emergency room right away as these indicate dangerous conditions that can result in permanent damage.
What Causes Lumbar Discs To Herniate?
Generally speaking, this condition occurs as a result of simple wear and tear on the body throughout the years. While careful hydration and avoiding smoking, as well as practicing proper body mechanics, can help to hold off this condition it is likely that everyone will experience some degree of it in the fullness of time. Smoking greatly increases the chance that you’ll develop this condition, and it can also result from injury to the spine.
How Will My Physician Diagnose My Lumbar Disc Herniation?
Diagnosis of herniation of a lumbar disc is typically diagnosed through a physical exam and an inquiry into your medical history. In some cases, MRIs, CT Scans, and X-rays may be called for to identify the severity of the condition and to confirm a diagnosis. During your exam your physician will ask about numbness and pain, seeking to ascertain the origins, frequency, and severity of your symptoms.
How Will My Lumbar Herniation Be Treated?
Most physicians will prefer to approach your condition with a non-surgical approach, especially at first. The first and simplest treatment is usually as simple as resting when you experience pain but do not remain in bed for an extended time as it can actually aggravate the condition. Heating pads can also be used in the mildest conditions, with heat being applied every 15-20 minutes every 2-3 hours. Warm showers can also be used to treat it in combination with the heating pad after the shower. Ice can also be effective for some patients. Surgery and medication can be prescribed, with surgery being reserved only for the most severe cases.
If you suspect that you’re experiencing difficulties stemming from a herniated lumbar disc then it’s time to contact Dr. Yevgeniy Khavkin and schedule an exam. Every day it goes untreated is another day it has the opportunity to get worse rather than better, don’t wait to call Khavkin Clinic to schedule an appointment.