Herniated Disc Overview And Treatments


file4671234819876You may have heard the term “herniated disc” or “slipped disc” before, but do you know what it really is?  


Your vertebral discs support the vertebral bones, allowing for twisting and bending of the spine.  Inside each vertebral disc is an inner, soft core.  A herniated disc happens when a part of the inner disc material bulges out, which pushed onto the nerves and causes pain.


A herniated disc can occur because of age related deterioration or disc degeneration.  Sometimes it will develop over time and sometimes it can occur due to an injury.


Symptoms of a herniated disc can vary, and sometimes patients may have no symptoms at all.  Symptoms include tingling, numbness or extreme pain.  A herniated disc that occurs in the neck may develop pain in the arms and shoulders.  A herniated disc in the back could develop pain in the buttocks and legs, often called sciatica.


A herniated disc rarely needs to be treated with surgery as it can respond well to non-surgical options.  Depending on severity, anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxers, corticosteroid injections, or physical therapy may be recommended.


If you believe you have a herniated disc, let our Board Certified Physicians at Non-Surgical Orthopaedics help.  Call us for an appointment within 24 hours at 770-421-1420.


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