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What are the general Symptoms in case of a Herniated Disc?
Some herniated discs produce no symptoms, others may produce mild to excessive pain. This can be in the neck or lower-back region and could radiate to the arms, legs and buttocks, depending on the location of the hernia and the nerves affected.
Apart from pain, there could be tingling, numbness, leg numbness, pins and needles, or uncomfortable tingling and burning weakness of affected muscles and bowel or bladder dysfunction.
Diagnosis is made on the basis of the history, symptoms and physical examinations which are further supported by x-rays, CT scans, MRIs, myelograms or electromyograms and nerve conduction studies.
Fortunately, most herniated disc cases are treated non-surgically with medication, physiotherapy and maintaining good posture. But for those patients that are undergoing debilitating pain that affects their lifestyle, surgery is usually recommended after taking the patient’s age and overall health into consideration.
The different types of surgical procedures to correct herniated discs include:
- Spinal fusion
- Artificial disc surgery
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