Herniated Disc

A Common Form of Disc Deterioration

A herniated disc is often called a disc protrusion, disc extrusion, annular tear, and ruptured disc.  A disc bulges when a tear forms in the outer portion of the disc, allowing the softer disc center to move outward.  This can occur anywhere in the spine and is the most common cause of low back pain/sciatic pain. Bulging may result from aging or wear and tear, and is also called degenerative disc disease.  Sudden forces applied to the spine in a motor vehicle accident can be great enough to start the process of bulging with a tear to annular fibers. Poor lifting techniques, prolonged sitting, being overweight, smoking and sedentary lifestyle may contribute to the development of a bulging disc.

Stages of Disc Herniation

Disc degeneration, including herniation cause pain, inflammation and symptoms if the inner core material or outer disc compresses spinal nerves, the spinal cord or other structures in the spine. Symptoms may develop or worsen if disc damage progresses and herniation becomes more severe.

While this condition can occur anywhere in the spine, it most commonly develops in the cervical spine and lumbar spine. The low back and neck bear the most weight and they’re the most mobile regions of the spine.

SpineOne treats herniation with a combination of rest, anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, and minimally-invasive therapies. These treatments offer effective and lasting relief from disc degeneration and also provide an alternative to open back surgery. Patients who follow this treatment plan report significant reduction of their pain and improvement of their range of motion and quality of life.

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    Herniated Disc Symptoms

    • Pain/numbness in the buttocks and/or leg

    • Pain/numbness in the shoulder and/or arm

    • Pain/numbness in the shoulder blades and/or chest

    • Pain when sneezing, coughing and/or laughing

    • Loss of bladder or bowel control (requires immediate medical care)

    Herniated Disc Treatment

    • Physical therapy

    • Medication

    • Minimally Invasive Injections

    • Minimally Invasive Surgery