We often get patients that come in with a lot of preexisting concerns, and self diagnosis, fear and anxiety. Sometimes they are convinced that their condition is far worst that we diagnose it to be. A lot of this is due to the research they perform online. Online information is a great, and very valuable source of information and can help alleviate concerns and provide some support when someone has been suffering from a condition for a long time, like sciatica.
We see a lot of patients suffering from back pain, and are considered experts in the treatment of pain. Herniated or bulging discs do have some common symptoms; the obvious one is, of course, back pain. Radiating pain, which goes down the leg or arm, you may be suffering from sciatica, which can mean that a nerve is being impinged by a bulging spinal disc, and pain from sudden movements like coughing, or sneezing can also mean that a disc may be herniated or bulging. Weakness of the limbs, and loss of sensation like in the foot can also be signs of an underlying disc issue.
Sudden trauma can cause herniated discs, but in most cases this occurs from general wear and tear and long term problems like misalignments. Not everyone who has herniated discs will show symptoms or experience pain. Most people may have herniated discs and it won’t interfere with their live, and cause loss of limb function radiating pain, etc. Be sure to let us examine you and help you pinpoint the cause of your pain. We offer a free spinal exam. Call us today at 256-494-8690 for a free exam.