Pinched nerve and disc herniation

When a disc herniates, its gel-like center breaks out of its tough outer layer, causing it to enter the spinal column and pinch a nerve root. Disc herniation can occur in any area of the neck and back, making most spinal nerve roots susceptible to the possibility of becoming pinched. It should be noted, however, that most herniated discs occur in the lumbar (lower) region of the back since this area is responsible for supporting the majority of a person’s weight. To learn about the symptoms and treatments of a pinched nerve caused by a herniated disc, read the following article.

Symptoms of a pinched nerve caused by a herniated disc

A pinched nerve, sometimes caused by disc herniation, can cause many patients to experience pain in the specific location of the nerve as well as numbness, weakness, tingling and a burning sensation. In some cases, a pinched nerve caused by a herniated disc can result in the weakening of the muscles (atrophy), pain that worsens during periods of activity and a deterioration of reflexes.

Treatments for a pinched nerve caused by a herniated disc

In order to alleviate the symptoms of a pinched nerve, the underlying cause must first be treated. Patients should discuss conservative treatment options with their doctors or neck and back specialists. They will typically recommend a conservative course of treatment that includes rest, anti-inflammatories, chiropractic care, physical therapy, pain medication and spinal injections. In many cases, the body may reabsorb herniated disc material over time and symptoms will subside.

If conservative treatments prove unsuccessful after several weeks or months of treatment, the minimally invasive surgery performed at Laser Spine Institute may help to provide you with relief. Contact Laser Spine Institute for information regarding our procedures that are used to treat spinal conditions such as herniated discs. We offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^

Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain. Our highly skilled surgeons use a small incision that is muscle sparing to relieve the symptoms of a pinched nerve caused by a herniated disc and get you back to the activities you have been missing out on. To find out if you are a potential candidate for our outpatient surgery, reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a free MRI review.*

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