Disc Pain

Eve Bend, D.C

Chiropractors & Functional Medicine located in Eastpointe, MI

Disc pain from disc herniations and pinched nerves can make your normal activities difficult — or even impossible. Get relief from Eve Bend, DC, in Eastpointe, Michigan. Dr. Bend is a chiropractor with more than 15 years of experience relieving disc pain through effective chiropractic care and physical therapy. Schedule a visit with her team today and begin to heal.

Disc Pain

What are the signs of disc pain?

Many different conditions can cause disc pain, including herniated discs, pinched nerves, ruptured or torn discs, bulging discs, disc protrusion, and slipped discs. All of these conditions are variants on intervertebral disc injuries and describe the extent of damage to the disc and surrounding structures.

Common signs of disc pain include:

  • Sharp, shooting pains into the arms or legs
  • Numbness and tingling in the arms and legs
  • Chronic, low-level pain
  • Occasional sharp, stabbing pain
  • Pain that is worse with coughing, sneezing, or bowel movements
  • Pain that is worse with bending, twisting, or turning your head

If you experience these symptoms, the team can perform a thorough exam and possibly imaging — including X-rays or an MRI — to determine the cause of your discomfort.

What causes disc pain?

Disc pain is caused by an injury to the intervertebral discs. Common causes of disc injuries include:

  • Poor posture
  • Weak muscles surrounding your spine
  • Repetitive bending and twisting
  • Lifting or another strenuous physical task
  • A cough or sneeze

While disc injuries can cause severe pain, the cause of the injury may be minor. Small movements — like bending over to tie your shoes and coughing — can also make your disc pain significantly worse.

How is disc pain diagnosed?

Disc pain is diagnosed based on a consultation and exam from the team. During your consultation, you’ll explain what your symptoms are and whether you know the cause or any triggers of your pain. Your exam incorporates a series of twists, bends, and stretches to assess your back or neck.

The team may ask to you bend forward, twist side to side, lean backward, or turn your head. If you have lower back pain, you’ll lie on your back while the team lifts your leg — putting tension on the nerves in your back. This may cause pain either in your back or your leg.

For neck pain, your doctor may press down on top of your head to compress the discs in your neck or gently stretch your neck upward to relieve pressure. This may increase your pain or sensations of shooting pain or numbness down your arms.

If appropriate, the team will also order imaging to determine the extent of the damage to the disc in your back or neck. Based on their findings, the team diagnoses the cause of your pain and recommend treatment.

What is the treatment for disc pain?

Disc pain treatment begins with a course of conservative care that incorporates chiropractic adjustments, Cox® Technic, and physical therapy. You may also use ice on your back to relieve the pain and inflammation associated with your disc injury.

Cox Technic can decompress the joints surrounding your injury to relieve pressure on the disc and prevent the need for surgery. However, if conservative care is ineffective, the doctors may suggest alternative treatment with joint injections, stem cells, or minimally invasive surgery.

Get relief from your disc pain by scheduling a visit online or by phone with Eve Bend, DC.