A herniated disc is one of the leading causes of back pain. When a disc pops out of place, it can decrease mobility and cause intense pain. Fortunately, a wide range of treatment options is available for patients suffering from herniated disc pain.
Between each spinal vertebra is a disc that helps cushions the bones and aids movement of the spine. For various reasons, these discs can bulge out of place (herniate) and interfere with the nerves, ligaments and other structures surrounding the spine. Herniated discs can occur at any level of the spine, from the cervical neck region to the lumbar area in the low back.
Spinal discs can become herniated as a result of an acute injury, or they can develop over time with natural wear and tear to the body. Symptoms of a herniated disc can include any of the following:
Herniated discs should be diagnosed and treated regardless of their severity. However, if you are experiencing bowel control issues or significant loss of sensation, seek medical attention immediately.
There are numerous approaches to treating a herniated disc. Some patients respond well to conservative treatments like physical therapy, pain medications and injection therapy. If these options fail or if the herniated disc is threatening to cause permanent nerve damage, surgery may be required.
Herniated discs in the spine require effective treatment to avoid significant pain and potential paralysis. The physicians at Advanced Spine & Pain Clinics of Minnesota have years of experience treating patients with herniated discs. Make your appointment today and let one of our pain management doctors diagnose your condition and provide you with a list of treatment options. You can make an appointment by filling out our contact form or calling our clinic at (612) 20-SPINE.