At Garden State Pain and Orthopedics we offer a variety different minimally invasive treatments for back pain and herniated discs.
What is a herniated disc?
The spine is made up of vertebrae, which are separated by discs. These discs act as shock absorbers, allowing the spine to move and providing cushioning between the vertebrae. A herniated disc, also known as a slipped or ruptured disc, occurs when the outer layer of a disc tears, causing the soft inner layer to bulge out. This can put pressure on the spinal nerves, causing pain, numbness, and weakness in the affected area.
Symptoms of a herniated disc
The symptoms of a herniated disc depend on the location of the affected disc. In most cases, the pain is felt in the lower back or neck, and can radiate down into the legs or arms. Other symptoms may include:
What causes a Herniated Disc?
Herniated discs are most commonly caused by wear and tear on the spine due to aging, although they can also be caused by trauma, such as a fall, car accident, or improper technique when lifting weights. Other risk factors for herniated discs include:
Diagnosis of a herniated disc
If you are experiencing back pain or other symptoms of a herniated disc, your doctor will likely perform a physical exam and take a medical history. They may also order imaging tests, such as an X-ray or MRI, to confirm the diagnosis and determine the location and severity of the herniated disc.
Treatment options for a herniated disc
The treatment for a herniated disc depends on the severity of the condition and the location of the affected disc. In most cases, conservative treatments are recommended before considering more invasive options. These may include:
Prevention of a herniated disc
While not all herniated discs can be prevented, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing this condition. These include:
If you suffer from back pain, there is a chance you have a herniated disc. If you or a loved one are experiencing pain select “Book Now” to schedule a consultation with one of our pain management professionals. For more information about our pain management services, click here.