Herniated disc pain

Herniated disc pain is caused when a spinal disc’s outer wall tears, letting the inner disc material enter the spinal column. This extrusion may put undue stress on the foramen, which are the open canals on either side of a vertebra through which spinal nerves travel. Herniated disc material may also press against the spinal cord.

In any of these instances, nerves will send distress signals to the brain, which translates the compression as pain.

What is herniated disc pain?

Herniated disc pain is often categorized as severe, mechanical pain that is triggered by sudden movement. For instance, if you have a herniated disc in the lumbar region of your spine that is pressing on the sciatic nerve, you may experience lower back disc pain through sciatica — a traveling pain that shoots through your buttock and down one leg to your foot.

If you are experiencing pain from a herniated disc, it’s important to seek treatment before your pain gets any worse.

Treatment options

For many neck and back conditions, a course of nonsurgical, conservative treatment is often recommended in an attempt to avoid spine surgery. This is especially true for many cases of herniated disc pain.

Nonsurgical treatments may include pain medication, chiropractic care, steroid injections and rest, among others.

There are also a variety of alternative treatments, including:

  • Acupuncture
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Acupressure
  • Psychotherapy
  • Biofeedback
  • Electric stimulation
  • Nerve blocks

Before you attempt any of these treatments, consult your physician to prevent making your condition worse.

If you have tried a combination of these herniated disc pain relief options but haven’t found relief from your disc pain, Laser Spine Institute may be able to help using minimally invasive spine surgery.

Our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain, without the highly invasive nature and increased risks associated with traditional open spine surgery.

If you are experiencing degenerative disc pain, bulging disc pain, or any other type of spinal disc pain, contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn more about our minimally invasive outpatient procedures. We can provide a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a candidate for one of our procedures.