Between each of your vertebrae is a round, supportive disc that acts as a shock absorber. If the outside of a disc tears and the fluid inside pushes or leaks out, it places pressure on the nerves in your spine, a condition known as a herniated disc. Left untreated, a herniated disc can significantly impact your quality of life. At Spine Care Specialists, LLC, in Dublin, Ohio, the interventional pain management experts specialize in treating herniated discs. If you’re experiencing chronic neck or back pain, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
Your spine consists of a series of small, individual bones known as vertebrae. Your vertebrae sit on top of one another to form your spinal column.
In between each vertebra is a round cushioning pad called an intervertebral disc. Each of these discs has a soft center, surrounded by a tough, protective layer.
A herniated disc occurs when pressure from your vertebrae causes the soft center of a disc to push or break through the tough outer layer. If the disc then makes contact with the surrounding nerves in your spine, it causes chronic pain and irritation. Herniated discs can occur anywhere in your spine, from your neck to your lower back.
Sometimes, herniated discs don’t present any obvious symptoms. However, as the condition progresses, you might experience:
The pain caused by a herniated disc varies, but most people describe it as sharp, stabbing, or electric-like.
A herniated disc occurs when the soft center of an intervertebral disc pushes out or breaks through its protective outer layer. However, a number of factors can contribute to this, including the natural aging process, being overweight, or a sudden strain, such as that caused by improper lifting.
If you suspect you have herniated a disc, it’s important to schedule an appointment at Spine Care Specialists, LLC, as soon as possible to discuss your treatment options.
To diagnose a herniated disc, your doctor at Spine Care Specialists, LLC, conducts a physical exam and reviews your medical history.
Your doctor also asks you a series of questions about your symptoms and performs a neurological exam, including testing your reflexes, muscle strength, and response to sensation.
To better evaluate the site of your herniation, your doctor may also order diagnostic imaging tests. Depending on your symptoms, they might recommend an X-ray, CT scan, MRI, or electromyogram (EMG). These tests help your doctor determine the size and location of your herniated disc.
Treatment for a herniated disc depends on your unique symptoms. However, Spine Care Specialists, LLC, usually recommends conservative measures of care, such as non-opioid pain medications, physical therapy, and spinal injections.
If these methods of care don’t ease your symptoms, surgical intervention may be necessary. The practice regularly works with surgeons in the area and can refer you if necessary for a consultation to discuss possible surgical options.
If you suspect you may have a herniated disc, don’t wait to seek treatment. Make an appointment at Spine Care Specialists, LLC, today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.