|Disc pain can be both acute and chronic. The pain varies depending on whether the disc is bulging or fully prolapsed.
If the nerves are affected as they exit past the injured disc, you can get referred nerve pain extending into the arm or leg depending on which disc is injured. This can be extremely painful and patients can find it emotionally distressing. Pain relief medication will be needed in this circumstance and your Osteopath will advise accordingly. Should the pain persist, your Osteopath will advise whether a MRI is appropriate and also whether referral to a Pain Specialist is required whilst Osteopathic treatment is ongoing to help manage the problem.
Commonly with disc pain, the nerves are only mildly affected and Osteopathic treatment and management can help you make a good recovery. Your Osteopath will work with you to find ways to manage your work and lifestyle to enable the disc to recover. For example, sitting and compression makes a lumbar spine disc worse so your Osteopath may advise getting a standing desk. Your will also be given some simple exercises to help your progress.