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What are the top symptoms of a herniated disk?

Suffering any type of back injury can turn your life upside down. Not only can this cause pain and discomfort right now, but it also has the potential to linger for the rest of your life. This is why it's so important to understand your injury and the type of treatment that's available.

A herniated disk is one of the most common types of back injuries. This can be the result of many accidents, such as a slip and fall, car crash or blunt force trauma.

Here are the top symptoms of a herniated disk:

  • Leg or arm pain. If you are suffering from a herniated disk in your lower back, it's possible that you will feel quite a bit of pain in your legs and/or arms.
  • Tingling or numbness. Along with pain, don't be surprised if you are dealing with tingling or numbness in the parts of the body served by the damaged nerves.
  • Weakness. One of the biggest problems with a herniated disk, affected nerves can lead to weakness, thus making it difficult to live your life.

Although you can suffer a herniated disk and never really know what's going on, the pain alone is typically enough for you to seek medical attention.

Once you consult with your medical team, you can decide on the best treatment strategy. If you're unable to return to work in the near future, due to the fear of causing more pain, you need to learn more about the workers' compensation system. You may be able to obtain benefits until you are able to return to work.

Source: Mayo Clinic, "Herniated disk," accessed Jan. 11, 2018

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