Understanding Collapsed Discs
A collapsed disc, which may also known as a herniated or bulging disc depending on the extent of disc damage, is a relatively common condition. Typically, when a disc problem is identified, a physician will recommend a regimen of conservative, nonsurgical treatment methods to help manage the patient’s pain and strengthen the neck and back. However, several signs might indicate that the condition is more severe than originally anticipated, which could mean surgery is necessary.
What Collapsed Disc Symptoms Should I Look Out For?
Here are several examples of the types of collapsed disc warning signs that you should keep an eye out for:
- Your pain is debilitating — This is a relatively obvious warning sign, but pain can usually be described in varying degrees of severity. Collapsed disc symptoms can range from little to no pain to discomfort that is debilitating. If your discomfort is so severe you can’t go about your day, you should not ignore your symptoms or hope they’ll be better the next day.
- You can’t alleviate your pain no matter what you try — This one is tricky because sometimes the pain a patient experiences isn’t debilitating but it still is bothersome and won’t go away regardless of what the patient does. For some patients, conservative treatment simply doesn’t work, and rather than accept a life of pain, they should consider further treatments.
- Your pain is worsening — If it feels like your pain is getting worse and worse, you should speak with your physician and see what other options are available to you. Rather than risking nerve damage or your spine health further deteriorating, more advanced collapsed disc treatment is advised.
- You are experiencing loss of bladder or bowel control or paralysis — This is extremely important: If you experience incontinence or paralysis, get to the emergency room immediately. This can indicate the presence of cauda equina syndrome, which is an extremely rare emergency condition that usually requires immediate surgery.
Exploring Treatment for Collapsed Disc Symptoms
If you are experiencing debilitating collapsed disc symptoms, it is important to consult your doctor. BEST Health System offers premium spine care to patients seeking conservative or minimally invasive treatment. Contact us today to learn more about our outpatient treatment options. It’s time to take the first step towards a healthier and more active life.