A physical exam will help your GP to check your back for tenderness. Your GP will also perform a neurological exam to check your muscle strength, walking ability, reflexes, and ability to feel light pinpricks, touches or vibration. For most cases, medical history and physical checkups are all that may be needed for diagnosis.
If your GP suspects another condition or requires seeing the damaged nerve, he will request CT scans or MRI. Nerve tests, including electromyography or nerve conduction study, helps determine the extent of nerve damage.
Over-the-counter painkillers and cortisone injections help reduce inflammation or pain. Your doctor may also suggest physical therapy to reduce herniated disc symptoms. If conservative treatments fail to improve symptoms after six weeks and you are continuously feeling numbness and difficulty walking, you may require surgery.
Experts suggest some preventive measures to help reduce the chances of injuries. Strengthen your trunk muscles to support and stabilize the spine. Maintaining a good posture and healthy weight can also reduce the chances of back herniated discs.
Back braces help stabilize your spine to help with the back herniated disc. You can wear the back braces as long as you need. It will be better to consult your GP before wearing the back braces. At 360 relief, you can find a range of back supports to reduce the symptoms of back herniated discs.