Understanding Your Treatment Options for a Herniated Disc

Options For A Herniated DiscOur spine is made up of 26 bones known as vertebrae. These bones lie stacked on top of one another and between them are soft disc that cushion the vertebrae and help them stay in place. The disks slowly break down as we age and they lose their ability to cushion the vertebrae.

A herniated disk, more commonly known as a slipped disc, occurs when a disk ruptures allowing the jelly-like substance within to push out through the crack which can irritates the nearby nerves.

Herniated Disc is very painful and can lead to mobility problems. Getting the right treatment right away is crucial. At Lakeland Spine Center you will find highly experienced doctors who care for you and will put you on the right track as quickly as possible.

Symptoms

Herniated disc symptoms vary based on where the problem lies on the spine and whether any nerve tissue is getting irritated. In some cases, the disc tissue presses against adjacent spinal nerve at certain places, causing sharp pain along the area of that nerve.

The sciatic nerve is the most frequently affected nerve, leading to sciatica where one side of your body pains because of its location inside the buttock all the way along back of the leg. If, for instance, a disc herniation occurs between the fourth and fifth lumbar vertebrae in the lower back, there can be pain in the buttock down into the back of the thigh as well as the leg. This can feel like tingling or numbness in the leg. These instances are often referred to as "pinched nerves."

Treatment Option

Treatment options for a herniated disc are fairly straightforward. You will most likely be advised to get plenty of rest coupled with some of the following conservative treatment options:

• Medication such as Over-the-counter pain medications, nerve pain medication, muscle relaxants and inflammation-suppressing medication
• Gentle stretching as well as simple exercise as a form of physical therapy to relieve some pressure that is on the nerve root
• Electric stimulation as well as heat and ice therapy for pain relief
• Chiropractic manipulation
• Oral steroids or epidural injections as anti-inflammatories and pain relievers

Conservative treatments for degenerative disc disease are always safer and gentler as compared to surgical treatments, which are more aggressive and have a longer down time.