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How Should I Treat My Herniated Disc?

By    |   Friday, 24 Apr 2015 11:04 AM

Question: How should I treat the numbness in my leg and feet caused by a herniated disc?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:

Ask for a referral to a physical therapist. You will be evaluated for needs that will optimize your recovery period, and protect your foot and leg from further injury.

Herniated disc material may press against a nerve root. When the nerve root has external pressure, causing leg and foot pain or numbness, a decision needs to be made on your treatment, timing, intervention, and rehabilitation needs.

Most mild to moderate cases are treated conservatively for six weeks with pain-relieving physical therapy and preservation of mobility to encourage dissolution of the herniated disc material.

Discs contain a jelly-like substance that can protrude — called a herniated, ruptured, or slipped disc — but the material usually dissolves over a period of weeks or months. Sometimes the injury is unstable or the entire disc is involved and not expected to improve. For patients with serious mobility problems or pain, surgery may be the best option.

You should ask whether your disc is expected to dissolve and over how long a period. When surgery is proposed, be sure to get a laser spine surgical consult if at all possible.

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Disc problems will often resolve on their own, but serious cases may require therapy or even surgery.
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