So you have been given the diagnosis of Herniated or Bulging Disk or Sciatica or Pinched Nerve by your doctor...What does that Really mean and how is it going to impact your life?
First let’s go back to what it means...it means different things for different people. It all depends on how you are feeling symptom wise and what signs you have meaning What has your healthcare provider found in the clinical assessment?
A lot of people who have herniated disks are walking around without any symptoms meaning they don’t even know that they have it. Whereas others (perhaps like you) have some symptoms that took you to the doctor.
Depending on what types of symptoms you have and what signs are present decides the intensity of the problem, you may be referred to either see a conservative care specialist (Mckenzie method provider) usually the first choice of treatment.
If and only if your pain is severe and unbearable, your doctor may refer you to get an epidural injection and in rare cases (where some red flags are present) you may be referred for a surgery.
Majority of people respond well to a thorough mechanical assessment and treatment approach (aka Mckenzie Method) which is the most Research based approach when it comes to conservative care of the spine. Your Mckenzie Method provider can always refer you back to the right provider if this approach is not right for you and some other form of intervention is needed. Point being, surgery is often the last resort and majority of people do well without it.
Your Mckenzie Method Specialist can perform a thorough assessment either In-person or via Video (Online or Telehealth) and can guide you appropriately.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with a Herniated Disk or Pinched Nerve or Sciatica and are looking to resolve this problem by addressing it at the Root cause level without needing Injections or Surgery, Reach out to us here and Fill out the short Inquiry Form or You can also start by reading the book Treat Your Own Back by Robin Mckenzie and let us know if you have got questions.