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Lumbar Herniated Disc (lower back)


A lumbar herniated disc occurs when the outer wall of an intervertebral disc in the lower back region ruptures and allows some of the gelatinous nucleus material inside the disc to leak into the spinal canal. While not always symptomatic, a herniated disc can be painful if the nucleus material irritates the nerves along the outer wall of the disc. Also, if a portion of the extruded inner material makes contact with a nearby nerve root, symptoms such as pain, tingling, numbness or muscle weakness will mostly be experienced in the low back, buttocks, legs and feet. Although a herniated disc is not the only back condition that causes sciatic nerve compression, when sciatic nerve compression happens, the resulting symptoms are referred to as sciatica.

Patients who experience lumbar herniated disc symptoms have multiple treatment options to choose from. Many find relief using a combination of pain medication, physical therapy, hot and cold compresses and stretching exercises. For some patients who are debilitated by their pain, however, elective surgery seems to be the only option for true relief. In the past, open back surgery was the standard procedure for herniated disc treatment, but modern technology allows for much better options. Depending on how severe one’s condition is, minimally invasive procedures offered by the professional staff of surgeons at Laser Spine Institute are a viable option for many patients who have chronic, debilitating back pain and other symptoms related to a lumbar herniated disc.

This sagital (lateral) MRI image of the lumbar spine in an elderly person shows multilevel degenerative changes with severe spinal canal stenosis (narrowing) at the L2-3 level.

One procedure performed at Laser Spine Institute to alleviate pain caused by a lumbar herniated disc is a discectomy. Our surgeons have performed this procedure thousands of times. One of the main benefits of our minimally invasive surgical approach is the fact that it allows patients to regain control of their lives and resume normal daily activities without the side effects and potential risks of open back surgery. Just read a few of the many testimonials written by previous patients to see how much impact we’ve had on their lives.

Chances are, you would rather not feel restricted by your condition or by an invasive surgical procedure, and you would like to return to your active lifestyle as soon as possible. Laser Spine Institute has refined the process of treating a herniated disc so that your freedom to enjoy life can be regained as quickly as possible. During their time at Laser Spine Institute, patients undergo preoperative testing, surgery, postoperative consultation and physical therapy. Read more about our streamlined experience to learn how you can reclaim your life.

For more information about how to treat a lumbar herniated disc, or for details about other spine-related topics, we suggest that you review our FAQ page; or, feel free to contact us with your questions, and we will be happy to help you in any way we can.

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