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Herniated Disc Treatment

Restoring Mobility and Relieving Pain

Between each of your vertebrae is a round, supportive disc that acts as a shock absorber. If the outside of a disc tears and the fluid inside pushes or leaks out, it places pressure on the nerves in your spine, a condition known as a herniated disc. Left untreated, a herniated disc can significantly impact your quality of life. At American Pain Consortium, the interventional pain management experts specialize in treating herniated discs.

If you’re experiencing chronic neck or back pain contact us today.

What Is a Herniated Disc?

Your spine consists of a series of small, individual bones known as vertebrae. Your vertebrae sit on top of one another to form your spinal column. In between each vertebra is a round cushioning pad called an intervertebral disc. Each of these discs has a soft center, surrounded by a tough, protective layer.

A herniated disc occurs when pressure from your vertebrae causes the soft center of a disc to push or break through the tough outer layer. If the disc then makes contact with the surrounding nerves in your spine, it causes chronic pain and irritation. Herniated discs can occur anywhere in your spine, from your neck to your lower back.

Herniated Disc Symptoms

Sometimes, herniated discs don’t present any obvious symptoms. However, as the condition progresses, you might experience:

  • Pain in your buttocks or legs
  • Back pain
  • Tingling in your legs and feet
  • Muscle weakness
  • Pain that radiates into your shoulders, arms, or hands
  • Neck pain

The pain caused by a herniated disc varies, but most people describe it as sharp, stabbing, or electric-like.

Causes of Herniated Discs

A herniated disc occurs when the soft center of an intervertebral disc pushes out or breaks through its protective outer layer. However, a number of factors can contribute to this, including the natural aging process, being overweight, or a sudden strain, such as that caused by improper lifting.

To better evaluate the site of your herniation, your doctor may order diagnostic imaging tests. Depending on your symptoms, they might recommend an X-ray, CT scan, MRI, or electromyogram (EMG). These tests help your doctor determine the size and location of your herniated disc.

How Do You Treat a Herniated Disc?

Treatment for a herniated disc depends on your unique symptoms. However, American Pain Consortium, usually recommends conservative measures of care, such as non-opioid pain medications, physical therapy, and spinal injections.

If these methods of care don’t ease your symptoms, surgical intervention may be necessary. The practice regularly works with surgeons in the area and can refer you if necessary for a consultation to discuss possible surgical options.

If you suspect you may have a herniated disc, don’t wait to seek treatment. Make an appointment at American Pain Consortium, schedule your consultation today.