Slipped disc versus muscle pain?how to evaluate

Slipped disc or muscle strain?
Although a Slipped Disc and a Muscle strain are very different conditions, they can both cause a significant amount of back pain. Often, it can be difficult for a person with Back pain to distinguish between the symptoms of these two conditions. If you’re suffering from Back pain but aren’t sure if it is caused by a Slipped disc or a strained muscle, here are some differences that may help to give you an indication of your condition:

Diagnosis For SLIPPED DISC or Muscle pain
most of time your doctor saying any back pain is slipped disc without any radiological evidence-like MRI ,CT SCAN
just making your opinion with plain X-rays film has no value unless there is fracture,displacement of vertebra etc
comment by your doctor like there is nerve compression seen in absolutely ignorant and one can see nerve or Disc or any soft structure in X-rays.

While muscle strains are typically caused by overuse or improper use of the muscle, a slipped disc may not be caused by anything you can control or pinpoint at all. In fact, slipped discs often occur as part of the natural aging process. or any mechanical injury to spine with accidental conditions like heavy weight lifting,acute forward flexion,trauma etc.Thinking of the activities you were doing before you started experiencing pain may help you to determine if your pain is due to a muscle strain.
Pain from a muscle strain tends to come on gradually, while pain from a slipped disc is more abrupt. When a slipped disc presses on a nerve root, the pain typically comes on all at once.
Pain from a muscle strain is usually localized while pain from a slipped disc radiates. If your pain travels down your spine to one of your extremities, it is likely that you have a slipped disc rather than a muscle strain.
A slipped disc typically causes other symptoms. When a nerve root is compressed, an individual may experience muscle weakness, numbness or tingling in addition to pain. Muscle strains usually do not cause such symptoms.
When to see a physician
In most cases, a muscle strain can be treated at home by alternating the placement of ice and heat on the affected area and taking medication to manage the can manage initially for couple of days to week under your doctor supervision. However, if you are unsure of whether you have a muscle strain or a slipped disc, or if your pain is severe and lasts for more than a couple of days, it is always better to play it safe and schedule an appointment with aSpine Pain physician, Neurosurgeon,etc who can accurately diagnose your condition.

Like those with a muscle strain, many people with a slipped disc are able to find meaningful relief through the use of conservative treatments, among which pain medication, hot/cold therapy, corticosteroid injections and physical therapy are the most commonly utilized. In the event that conservative treatment is unsuccessful after several weeks or months, surgery may be recommended. If you require surgery for a slipped disc, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about the advantages of our minimally invasive outpatient surgeries. Our team will be able to provide you with a no-cost review* of your MRI and help determine if you may be a candidate.

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