A herniated disc needs to be clinically diagnosed by a medical professional through physical examination. During an examination for a herniated disc, your medical professional will check some of the following items:
Your reflexes can be impacted from a herniated disc!
Little or no reflexes in your arms or legs can show that nerve function in that area has been diminished and may be due to a herniated disc.
Muscle strength can deteriorate from nerve impulse disruption
Your nerves take messages from your brain into your muscles, telling them when and where to move. If nerve messages are being interrupted because the nerve has been pinched, then your muscles won’t move and will seem either weak or will start to deteriorate.
Herniated discs can cause pain in certain areas to touch or movement
Since most herniated discs are in the lower back, common areas of pain from a herniated disc are:
- Pain over the sacroiliac joint (the bottom of the spine), which can be felt through a little pressure.
- Pain from straightening the leg
- Pain with pressure on the lower back
Important Note: It may also be necessary to get a MRI or CT to properly diagnose a herniated disc in some situations.