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Herniated Disc Information and Treatment in Chicago Area

Image result for degenerative disc diseaseIntervertebral discs are located between each vertebrae bone in your spine. The discs have three main functions, as “shock absorbers" when you walk around, to let the spine move and flex, and to separate the bones of the spine so they do not rub painfully against eat other.

Degenerative or Diseased Discs

In normally functioning discs, they compress and decompress with everyday pressures. They stay healthy through this process of compression, wherein the discs are able to absorb nutrients from the body. Diseased or degenerated discs are worn down or experiencing other problems that interrupt the normal process.

Degenerative disc disease can therefore lead to a number of painful conditions, including:

  • Herniated, slipped, ruptured, or blown discs
  • Arthritis
  • Bulging discs
  • Facet syndromes
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis

These painful conditions can occur from repetitive stress or strain, poor posture for a prolonged period, trauma, such as from an accident, or aging.

Pain Caused by Herniated Discs

When the blood supply is interrupted, your body fights back, causing inflammation at the nerve root. This can cause a range of symptoms, depending on the site of the inflammation.

Common pain symptoms include:

  • Neck pain
  • Arm pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling sensations
  • Pain in the lower back
  • Radiculopathy
  • Loss of movement
  • Pain in the extremities

Some or all of these symptoms may be present. For example, a patient may present with arm pain but suffer no symptoms in the back or neck. Each herniated disc case is unique which is why the specialist at our Bolingbrook non-surgical disc and laser center takes the time to thoroughly investigate your individual case.

Other serious pain symptoms that may occur, can include:

  • Sciatica in the thigh, lower leg, or foot. Pain is often sharp and radiating.
  • Muscle weakness from your nerves, usually in and ankle and/or knee
  • Parasthesias, or numbness, tingling, or other abnormal sensations
  • Bowel or bladder issues resulting from Cauda Equina syndrome.

Of these, if you experience incontinence, issues with urinating or bowel movements, or numbness in your genital area, it is important that you contact a medical professional immediately as these are signs of a serious condition.

Diagnosing Herniated Discs

To diagnose a herniated disc, you will need a physical examination that takes into account your detailed medical history. You will also need a comprehensive neurological or orthopedic exam that looks at your pain symptoms.

X-rays or MRIs are used to identify the site of the pain and treatment options will vary based on your circumstances. A New, Cutting Edge Technology Driven Treatment Approach Treats the Root Cause of the Diseased or Pathological Disc

At the ProMED Pain Rehabilitation Institute, we offer an alternative to drugs or surgery. When chiropractic, physical therapy, injections, surgery, or pain killers have been unable to help, our Non-Surgical Spine Center is here.

ProMED Pain Rehabilitation Institute provides an alternative to these “hit and miss” back pain treatments. We offer a non-surgical, comprehensive approach to disc pain all under one roof. Our treatment is a safe, clinically proven alternative to drugs and surgery

There is no down time, no pain during the process, and no side effects. Contact our Non-Surgical Spine Center today at (630) 426-3270 to see if you qualify for care

Get Started with a Pain-Free Life

  • Schedule a comprehensive evaluation with our doctor
  • An advanced option that works where others have failed
  • We tailor your treatment based on your health history
  • We’ll address your specific conditions & individual needs
  • Dedicated to helping people with their pain

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