Disc herniation is a common diagnosis for patients suffering from back and leg pain or weakness in the lower lumbar region. Also referred to as a slipped disc, a herniated disc occurs when the soft, central portion of a disc is pushed outside the outer, fibrous ring. A herniated disc can cause considerable pain, most often because it places pressure on pain-generating nerves. If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with a herniated disc, or if you are experiencing common signs and symptoms, our team offers a number of innovative pain treatments that can provide you with significant pain relief and the ability to reclaim your life.
Signs and Symptoms of a Herniated Disc
Many people suffering from pain are unaware about the underlying cause or condition. As pain is the body’s mechanism for communicating that there are problems to be addressed, it is important to be aware of the nature of your pain and the common signs and symptoms that can signify a condition such as a herniated disc.
While symptoms vary from patient to patient, there are general signs associated with disc herniation.
- Arm or leg pain – Herniated discs in the lower back can cause severe pain in the buttocks, thighs, and legs. Herniated discs in the neck or upper back can cause considerable pain in the arms and shoulders. Certain movements, including sudden movements, can also cause shooting pain in these regions of the body
- Numbness and tingling – Sensations of “pins and needles” are often described by patients suffering from herniated discs.
- Weakness – Nerves affected by the slipped disc can weaken muscles and impair your ability to lift or hold objects or move in certain ways.
Other common symptoms include sensations of shocking pain as well as problems with bowel or bladder control. If pain is severe, unresponsive to home treatment, or has lasted for more than six months (chronic), then you should seek treatment to determine the specific cause and available pain management options.
What causes a herniated disc?
Spinal discs are essentially soft cushions that rest between each spinal vertebra. In younger individuals, the disc is soft and elastic but gradually becomes more rigid with age. As such, it also becomes more prone to injury. As discs become more rigid and lose elasticity, they can rupture and cause a soft, inner portion of the disc to be pushed outside its normal position. Herniated discs can place pressure on the spinal cord and nerves and cause pain. Herniated discs can be caused by progressive wear and tear that includes gradual strain on the spine. They can also occur as the result of injury and sudden trauma. Whatever the cause may be, a number of treatments are available to address the problem.
Herniated Disc Treatment
Our team specializes in providing innovative care to patients suffering from pain caused by a herniated disc. As many studies have shown evidence that conservative care can alleviate symptoms in nine out of ten people, we often treat patients in the initial stages using methods such as physical therapy, exercise, and medications, although this is dependent on the particular situation. We always conduct thorough evaluations and monitor the affected disc using imaging tests to determine if the displaced portion of the disk is responding to treatment by shrinking. Other treatments we can use to address a herniated disc that does not improve after conservative treatments include:
Injections, such as epidural steroid injections, can be administered directly to the affected area of nerve compression. A mixture of steroid medication and anesthetic can reduce pressure on pain-generating nerves by reducing inflammation.
SpineJet™ is a revolutionary new treatment that has proven to be a safe and highly effective alternative to invasive surgical procedures. It uses a stream of heated water to “wash away back pain” by removing herniated disc tissue and relieving pressure on the spinal cord and affected nerves. It is performed in a short outpatient procedure and patients can leave the same day.
Our award-winning Los Angeles pain management specialist, Dr. Payam Vahedifar, offers a number of cutting-edge pain treatments that have shown significant results in treating herniated discs with minimal risks. These may include adult stem cell therapy, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, intradiscal therapy and other non-surgical and interventional approaches. We can advise you on which treatment may prove most effective for you during a comprehensive evaluation.
Allow Our Team to Help You Find Pain Relief
With the new, innovative treatments now available, there is simply no better time to find back pain relief. As we specialize in providing these revolutionary pain treatments, you can be confident that you will receive high-quality care and genuine support throughout the entirety of your time spent with Nuvo Spine. Local residents throughout Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley: you no longer have to live with pain caused by a herniated disc. Allow our team and award-winning Los Angeles back pain management specialist to deliver the care that can improve the quality of your life. Contact Nuvo Spine to learn more about your available treatment options.