Discs are the soft rubbery, shock-absorbing material that separate the vertebrae and allow your back to move and bend. When a disc is damaged, fragments can push on the spinal cord or nerves, causing pain, weakness or numbness. A herniated or ruptured disc is a common source of back, neck, or arm or leg pain.
In many cases, a herniated disc is the result of the normal aging process of the spine. As we grow older, our discs begin to dry out and weaken, and the spaces between the vertebrae get narrower. This process is called disc degeneration.
Although a herniated disc can sometimes be very painful, most people feel much better with just a few months of nonsurgical treatment.
Non-Operative Treatments for a Herniated Disc
- Physical Therapy
- Exercise and Conditioning Programs
- Interventional Pain Management
- Epidural Steroid Injections
Operative Spine Treatments
- Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
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