What is the Right Treatment for Me?
Treatment of a disc tear usually involves some rest and relaxation, anti-inflammatory medications, and heat and ice therapy. If allowed to progress the condition may require physical therapy to be brought under control. Only once conservative treatments have been exhausted should surgery be considered.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Disc Tears
Can a disk tear heal itself?
Usually, a torn disc will heal on its own after a few weeks to a month. So, most doctors recommend non-surgical treatment methods such as a heating and cooling pad to ease the pain or light exercise to make your back stronger. If the pain persists for months and becomes chronic, surgery may be an option.
What are symptoms of disc tears?
Symptoms of disc tears include pain, numbness, or tingling in the affected area. If your disc tear is in the neck, you may feel pain in your shoulder or arm, while a disc tear in your lower back will show symptoms between your hips and toes. Symptoms may become worse over time, potentially leading to a herniated disc.
How are disc tears diagnosed?
MRIs are the best tools to diagnose a torn, slipped, or ruptured disc. An MRI uses magnetic fields and radio-frequency waves to create an image of the spine to reveal the details of the disc, the nucleus, and the annulus. A doctor may also conduct a myelogram, which is usually followed by a CT scan.