Herniated discs in the spine, perhaps better known as slipped discs, are a frequent cause of both acute and chronic back pain. The expert team at NeuroSpinecare, Inc., located in Sheffield Village, Ohio, can assess the cause of your back pain and provide a range of treatments for reducing your pain and restoring function, including advanced surgical options for chronic cases. For fast assessment and effective treatment of your herniated disc, call NeuroSpinecare today or book an appointment online.
A herniated disc is a common back problem that you may know better as a slipped disc. The discs that sit between the vertebrae in your spine are circular pads with a soft interior and a harder outer casing. They protect the vertebrae from concussive damage by acting as shock absorbers, and help to prevent the bones from rubbing against each other.
When the disc herniates the soft jelly-like substance inside starts to protrude out of the tough outer shell, and presses on nerves in your spinal canal. It doesn’t take much pressure on these nerves to cause pain, weakness, or numbness in the legs — typical symptoms of a herniated disc.
Herniated discs can be due to an acute injury, for example, using a poor lifting technique or making repetitive, strenuous movements. Or they can develop because of the impacts of wear and tear over the years. Being overweight and smoking also increase your chances of experiencing a herniated disc.
The team at NeuroSpinecare can diagnose a herniated disc once they examine you and discuss your symptoms. They may also ask you to undergo diagnostic imaging procedures such as an MRI scan to get a better look at your herniated disc.
Many patients who have herniated discs respond well to a conservative treatment program consisting of:
Your team at NeuroSpinecare can give you epidural steroid injections for your herniated disc if you’re struggling to follow your physical therapy program because of the pain.
If a conservative treatment program isn’t improving your condition, you may need to undergo lumbar disc microsurgery, posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PILF), or discectomy to remove the damaged parts of the disc or replace it completely.
If you’ve injured your back or it’s causing you pain, call NeuroSpinecare, Inc., today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.