What is a disc herniation?
A disc herniation is a general term describing a spine disc that is bulging or protruding. Disc bulging can press into nerves causing pain.
What is a disc in the spine?
Our spine is made of 33 bones from our neck to our sacrum. Between each of these bones is a “disc.” Discs have many functions however, they can be thought of as a cushion between the bones of the spine.
What are symptoms of disc herniation?
A disc herniation can cause arm or leg pain. A disc herniation in the neck may cause arm pain. Disc herniation in the lower back may cause leg pain. The pain is caused by the disc is pressing into nerves. Other typical symptoms include numbness, tingling and weakness in the painful area.
Pinched nerve caused by a herniated disc
Is a disc herniation diagnosed?
Disc herniations can be diagnosed with a thorough history and physical examination by a specialized Physician. Interventional pain physicians, like those that Apex Pain and Wellness, are sub-specialized Doctors who are experts at the diagnosis and treatment of spine injuries, including disc herniations. An MRI or CT scan can confirm a disc herniation.
Is a disc herniation serious?
Disc herniations can range from causing no symptoms and no pain to causing serious weakness and pain in arm or leg. Medical studies show that most people over the age of 45 have mild disc bulges that cause no symptoms or pain. In some patients, even a small disc bulge can cause significant amounts of pain. The severity of a disc bulge can be investigated by a Physician who is an expert in this area, such as an Interventional Pain Physician. In general, levels of pain and weakness to the arms and legs determine the severity of a disc herniation and necessary treatment.
How disc herniation treated?
There is not a single answer because all disc herniations are different and have different effects on each patient. In general, there are for major treatment options
for disc herniations. The first level of treatments include conservative measures include physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic manipulation, and medications. The second level of treatments would include injection therapies that the Physicians at Apex Pain and Wellness utilize for treatment. These injections include epidural steroid injections which can significantly help patients recover from disc herniations. These injections may greatly reduce pain and suffering from disc herniations. The third level of treatments would include spinal cord stimulators which can reduce over 50% of pain from certain types of disc herniations without the need for major surgeries. The fourth level of treatments would include spine surgeries to surgically remove the disc herniation.
What is the first step if I think I have a disc herniation?
Call Apex Pain and Wellness and schedule a consultation with a Physician. The Doctors at Apex Pain and Wellness are double board-certified experts in spinal injuries and disc herniations. Doctors have subspecialty training in the treatment of disc herniations.
What is the difference between a disc herniation, disk herniation, herniated disc, herniated disk, bulging disc, protruding disc?
Our spine is made of 33 bones from our neck to our sacrum. Between each of these bones is a “disc.” Discs have many functions however, they can be thought of as a cushions between the bones of the spine. All of these terms roughly and generally described a bulging, outpouching, or protruding of a disc farther than its normal boundaries.
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