Disc pain is a strange beast of a problem. It typically has ongoing symptoms such as radiating pain down the arm or leg, numbness in either extremity, or tingling in the extremities. All are common symptoms of disc problems. The causes of disc injuries in a person can be varied, however, in every patient that I have treated a common thread exists in that there is always some compression from the force of gravity upon the disc and/or the entire vertebral structure surrounding said disc.
Usually, there is an xray taken first, but when the symptoms persist, usually an MRI is ordered, and this is the best imaging available today for a diagnosis including a disc. Once You can see the disc on the MRI, you can then make a determination as to the level of degeneration present, as well as the level and direction of the bulge or herniation present.
It can be further determined via the MRI, what type of treatment would be best for the specific patient. I always try to use conservative treatment first, like spinal decompression, Class IV laser treatments, chiropractic, physical therapy, etc. FIRST, and then surgery last.
We have successfully treated many disc injuries in our clinic, over the past ten years. Hopefully we can help you as well.
Yours in Health,
Dr. Steve Lininger