Herniated Disc

disc herniation

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 or the bulging disc 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. Disc degeneration is the name of this process.

Although a herniated disc can sometimes be very painful, most people feel much better with just a few months of nonsurgical treatment.  However, if conservative treatments fail to provide relief, your physician may recommend a surgical procedure.

NON-OPERATIVE TREATMENTS 

  • Medications

  • Physical Therapy

  • Exercise and Conditioning Programs

  • Interventional Pain Management

  • Epidural Steroid Injections

OPERATIVE SPINE TREATMENTS

  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

  • Microdiscectomy

  • Laminectomy

Schedule an appointment with an ONS neurosurgery and spine specialist or call (203) 869-1145

07/16/2019


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