If you have a herniated lumbar disc, you may feel pain that radiates from your low back area, down one or both legs, and sometimes into your feet (called sciatica).
You may feel a pain like an electric shock that is severe whether you stand, walk, or sit.
Can a herniated disc heal on its own?
Usually a herniated disc will heal on its own over time. Be patient, and keep following your treatment plan. If your symptoms don’t get better in a few months, you may want to talk to your doctor about surgery.
How do I know if I’ve slipped a disc?
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numbness or tingling in your shoulders, back, arms, hands, legs or feet. neck pain. problems bending or straightening your back. pain in the buttocks, hips or legs if the disc is pressing on the sciatic nerve (sciatica)
What happens if a herniated disc goes untreated?
An untreated, severe slipped disc can lead to permanent nerve damage. In very rare cases, a slipped disc can cut off nerve impulses to the cauda equina nerves in your lower back and legs. If this occurs, you may lose bowel or bladder control.
Does a herniated disc hurt when you push on it?
How bad the pain is depends on how much of the disc is pressing on the nerve. In most people with herniated discs, the pain spreads over the buttocks and goes down the back of one thigh and into the calf. Some people have pain in both legs. Some people’s legs or feet feel numb or tingly.
Do you ever fully recover from a herniated disc?
Self care: In most cases, the pain from a herniated disc will get better within a couple days and completely resolve in 4 to 6 weeks. Restricting your activity, ice/heat therapy, and taking over the counter medications will help your recovery.
Can a chiropractor help a herniated disc?
Even if you only have lower back pain, your chiropractor will examine your neck, too, for example. To treat a herniated disc, your chiropractor will develop a treatment plan that may include spinal manipulation—also known as adjustments—and other chiropractic techniques to help ease your herniated disc symptoms.