What Is Disc Referred Pain And How Can I Treat It

Disc referred pain is often characterized as achy and dull; it tends to vary in intensity while moving round the body. From the disc in the lower back, it may radiate into, the buttock, groin, upper thigh and pelvis.

What causes disc referred pain?

This kind of back pain is caused by injury to the disc or to any of the interconnecting sensory nerves of the lower back. A typical example of a disc referred pain is the degenerative disc disease ‘dehydration’which can cause referred pain to the posterior thighs and hips.

What is disc dehydration?

Dehydration begins to occur at the region of the intervertebral discs as age sets in. In other words, the disc will begin to degenerate while an unusual loss of water, inflexibility that only allows for small movements will be experienced. As a result of these effects, pain can be caused from the disc which may even extend downwards to the legs. This is known as degenerative disc disease, a form of disc referred pain.

Low back pain, foot pain, and leg pain are primary symptoms of disc referred pain. Apart from these common symptoms, there are other common examples of referred pain such as arm, neck or shoulder pain which are caused majorly by heart attacks and because the brain can no longer be determined where exactly the pain is coming from, the pain will be felt more vaguely in several areas of the body. Referred pain which is poorly localized is typically characterized by dullness and ache.

Referred pain can be very difficult and complex to accurately diagnose and treat effectively. The spine, which has got a marvellous anatomical structure, function and form, is a part of the body that is vulnerable to injury. The reason for this is that it is subject to twisting, and torque which are strong forces that can cause back pain. Some others include sudden jolts and regular stress such as may be from poor posture. All these can tell on the disc space which is a major cause of back pain.

So as a result of an intervertebral disc problem, pain can be felt in another part of the body. This is what disc referred pain is all about. For instance, if a patient is suffering from a herniated disc problem or has a bulging disc in the lumbar spine (low back) referred pain can be experienced in the leg. This kind of problem is known as sciatica or lumbar radiculopathy; it is a kind of a shooting pain that radiates from the buttock to the leg and even to the foot at times. It often affects only one leg.

Treatment of Disc Referred Pain using Physiotherapy

For the treatment of disc referred pain, it is important that a professional specialist is contacted whose job is to perform an accurate diagnosis of the root cause of the problem so as to be able to determine the appropriate treatment plan to forestall.

Generally, a non-surgical care method can be used to treat disc referred pain. As soon as the cause of the referred pain is discovered a nonsurgical treatment option can be employed. This includes, the use of ice packs or hot pads, engaging in active exercise and stretching as a form of physical therapy and the use of appropriate medications for pain relief. It is important that a day or two be set aside for a short period of rest during this period.

Why not contact KUER Physio today. Physicians are available to take a thorough medical history, discuss the symptoms, carry out physical examinations and conduct a diagnostic test so as to proffer an effective solution to the pain.