Herniated Disc

Specialty-trained Spinal Physicians for Treating Herniated Discs

EmergeOrtho physicians are the regional leading experts in diagnosing and treating a wide variety of back injuries and conditions. One of the common causes of back pain is a herniated — or “slipped”– disc.

Herniated disc

The disc is a rubbery cushion that provides padding between the bones of the back, called vertebrae. These discs act as shock absorbers. As we age, the discs naturally become less flexible and more brittle. A fall, injury or heavy strain can cause these discs to rupture and place pressure on the nerves that branch out from the spinal cord. This results in a herniated disc. This condition frequently causes pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the back and/ or legs.

If the herniated disc is in the lower back (lumbar) area, it may produce pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in the back, legs and/or feet. If the herniated disc is in the neck (cervical) area, it may produce pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the shoulder, arm and/or hand. A herniated disc can also occur in the thoracic area, which is the part of the spine where the ribs connect.

Nonsurgical treatment for a herniated disc

EmergeOrtho physicians always consider nonsurgical treatment options first, and most cases of herniated discs can be successfully resolved with pain medications/steroid injections to relieve inflammation of the pinched nerves and physical therapy. Specially designed exercise plans with our physical therapists can help relieve pain from a herniated disc.

Surgical treatment for a herniated disc

Severe cases of a herniated disc may require surgical intervention such as a lumbar microdiscectomy surgery. In this minimally invasive procedure, the herniated disc is removed. Often patients can begin walking the day after surgery. Other surgical treatments include spinal decompression.

We want you to emerge from treatment stronger and healthier. That’s why EmergeOrtho takes a team approach to treatment. Our experienced orthopedic physicians work closely with our entire health team to get you back to your daily activities.