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Understanding Herniated Disc Injuries

Dallas, Texas DOL Physicians Providing Treatment Options for Work Related Herniated Disc Injuries

Anyone who has suffered from a back or neck injury knows all too well that they can cause excruciating and immobilizing pain – pain that can make it impossible to walk or sleep, let alone concentrate or perform at work. One of the most common causes of neck and back pain is a herniated disc, also known as a bulging disc, a ruptured disc, a prolapsed disc, or a slipped disc.

When you suffer a herniated disc due at the workplace, it is vital to immediately report your injury and seek medical treatment. If you act quickly, you can prevent permanent damage to your spine, have a better chance of avoiding chronic pain, and get back to work in a timely manner.

What is a Herniated Disc?

A herniated disc occurs when the soft, rubbery center of a spinal disc (which cushions your vertebrae) pushes through a crack in the tougher exterior casing of your spine, which irritates or pinches nerves.

A herniated disc can be caused by a number of issues, including an acute injury, a repetitive strain injury, or a combination of the two. Your risk of herniating a disc or discs increases with age and may have genetic factors, as well.

The Signs and Symptoms of a Bulging Disc

Some people can suffer from herniated or bulging discs and not feel any associated pain – this is because their bulging discs are not affecting nearby nerves. However, if nerves are affected, there may be a number of signs and symptoms of the problem, depending on the location of the disc along the spine. These symptoms can include:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Neck or back stiffness
  • Foot and leg pain
  • Arm and hand pain
  • Numbness radiating down the arms or legs
  • Tingling or burning in the arms or legs
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle spasms

These issues can either become worse or better when a person sits or lies down. These issues can also become worse when a person is active or at rest, depending on the nature of the nerve injury.

Herniated Disc Treatments

Some herniated discs only need time and rest in order to heal. However, some people need more aggressive interventions and treatments to control their pain and heal their neck or back. At Work Injury MD, we begin with conservative treatments, like medication and physical therapy, before moving on to more aggressive treatments like steroid shots and, finally, surgery.

It is important to note that those with a past of suffering from herniated disc, neck, and/or back pain should care for their spine consistently, and not just when their injury flares. Those with bulging discs may be interested in ongoing physical therapy sessions, regular exercise, and a smart diet. Those with bulging discs may also wish to limit activities that can aggravate their injury, such as contact sports or jobs involving heavy labor.

Comprehensive Back and Neck injury Treatments at Work Injury MD

At our full-service Dallas clinic for workers, we completely understand the mental, physical, and emotional toll that a herniated disc or discs can cause. We also understand just how important it is to become healthy and pain-free again, both for the sake of your career and your life as a whole. At Work Injury MD, our pain specialist physician can help you back onto the path to health. To learn more, please contact us today.