Herniated disc symptoms and treatment
A herniated disc occurs when inner disc material begins to push through cracks or tears in the tough exterior of a spinal disc. This condition can develop due to a number of factors, including aging, injury and such as smoking or being overweight. Patients can experience debilitating symptoms related to a herniated disc that can have a severe impact on the ability to enjoy spending time with loved ones or engaging in regular activities. Finding relief from a herniated disc is possible and a great first step is to learn more about this condition, including the symptoms and treatment options that are available. We hope the following information can help you work more closely with your doctor to find the relief you deserve.
Herniated disc symptoms
A herniated disc is not necessarily painful, but it can result in local pain or irritation as well as radiating symptoms that are the result of nerve compression by displaced disc material. Nerve compression symptoms can be some of the most debilitating experienced by patients, including:
- Numbness or tingling in the extremities
- Muscle weakness
- Severe pain that begins at the site of the compressed nerve and travels along the path of the nerve
The parts of the body that these symptoms affect depend largely on the location of the herniated disc. Herniated discs in the cervical (upper) spine may cause symptoms in the neck, shoulders, arms, hands and fingers, while one in the lumbar (lower) spine can affect the buttocks, legs, feet and toes.
Herniated disc treatment
Patients with herniated discs have a range of treatment options available to them, both conservative and surgical. Most often, conservative treatments aimed at managing the symptoms of the herniated disc are tried first. These include:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Cortisone injections
- Physical therapy
- Hot and cold compresses
- Therapeutic massage
- Lifestyle changes such as weight loss, posture improvement or quitting smoking
When a patient does not find relief from conservative treatments after several months, surgery can become an option. At Laser Spine Institute we offer minimally invasive spine surgery to treat herniated discs and many other degenerative spinal conditions. Our procedures can be performed through a less than 1-inch incision and are completed on an outpatient basis. To learn more about the benefits of our minimally invasive procedures, contact us today.
We are happy to provide a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.