Suffering from the pain and symptoms associated with a herniated disc can be devastating. Once your physician has confirmed your diagnosis, you may find yourself wondering what the causes, symptoms and treatment options available to you are. Herniated discs are intervertebral discs that have split open, allowing the disc’s inner nucleus to seep into the surrounding areas of the spinal column. As this occurs, the disc material can impinge the surrounding nerves or spinal cord, causing the patient immense pain and chronic symptoms.
Causes of a herniated disc
Intervertebral discs are composed of approximately 90 percent water in a healthy adult. During the natural aging process, these discs begin to lose a portion of their water mass. This causes the discs to shrink in height, placing an increased amount of pressure on the outer walls of the disc. This pressure can cause the disc to bulge or herniate. Herniated discs are also often referred to as ruptured disc. Though this condition is not always symptomatic, when the disc material causes compression, patients may experience chronic pain and symptoms.
The most common symptoms associated with herniated discs are related to the nerve or spinal cord impingement or compression. These often include:
- Neck or lower back pain
- Burning sensations
- Radiating pain
The first recommended forms of treatment for patients suffering from herniated discs are generally conservative treatments. These treatments often include swimming, physical therapy, stretching and massage. For the majority of patients these types of treatment are sufficient in managing the pain and symptoms that often accompany herniated discs. However, for a small portion of people these options will fail to bring any relief. Laser Spine Institute offers these patients an effective and successful alternative to traditional surgery through our minimally invasive procedures. If you are suffering from a herniated disc, do not wait to find the relief you deserve. Contact Laser Spine Institute today for more information.