A herniated disc, also called bulging, protruding or ruptured disc is one of the conditions that cause pain to any part of the spine, but it is most common in the lower back and can also occur in the neck. Discs are part of the spine, described as round and flat, with a tough outer layer and covered with a jelly-like material. Each disc is located between vertebrae and functions as a shock absorber for the spinal bones, especially when you run or walk.
A Disc that is ruptured is usually displaced and, since there is only limited space in the spinal canal, it presses on the spinal nerves, which causes chronic to severe pain in the lower back or in any area of the spine. Most herniated disc cases don’t require surgery and can be resolved within a few months with proper treatment.
Our pain management doctors have listed the vital information you need to know about a herniated disc such as causes, symptoms, risk factors, treatment, and prevention tips.
A herniated disc is often a result of natural, aging-related wear and tear on the spine. The process is called disk degeneration. As a person ages, the spinal disc loses some of its water content, making it less flexible and more susceptible to ruptures and tears, even with a minor twist or strain.
Other causes are a traumatic fall or extensive use of your back muscles, particularly when lifting heavy objects. Therefore, it is essential to make use of your legs when lifting heavy objects.
One of the most common symptoms of a herniated disc is lower back pain, which may last for several days. Other common signs and symptoms include:
According to research herniated disc can occur at any age, but it shows that this type of condition mostly occurs in men between ages 20 and 50 years old.
Factors that may increase your risk of a herniated disc include:
The treatment for herniated disc is mostly non-surgical and focuses on eliminating pain. Treatments may include:
Some other therapy, such as ice and heat therapy, muscle stimulation or physical therapy may also be recommended by your doctor.
Aventura and Hollywood pain management clinics have several pain management procedures that could help you eliminate the pain that is associated with herniated disc. Our doctor can design a treatment plan that would best work for you.
There are some ways that surely help prevent a herniated disc from occurring:
If you feel any sort of pain, do not hesitate to contact our pain management doctors. With a vast experience in treating various pain-causing conditions, we can help you get back to your normal life and everyday activities.
Dr. Luis Escobar is Board Certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology, the American Board of Pain Medicine and Diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management. He has been practicing in the area for over fifteen years. He has lectured in the community as well as mass media on various topics in Pain Management.
Dr. Lucien C. Alexandre, MD Ph.D., is a triple board-certified interventional pain doctor and neurologist. He specializes in interventional pain medicine, interventional headaches, and neurology. His extensive academic experience and professional training at some of the world’s most prestigious medical institutions have made him an expert in the field of interventional pain medicine and neurological disorders.
Our pain management clinics in South Florida offer patients more options than a primary care doctor when it comes to comprehensive and interventional pain management. Our pain management doctors perform procedures (such as nerve blocks, spinal injections, and other interventional techniques).
Among many conditions treated at our Hollywood and Aventura pain clinics, is herniated discs, a condition that causes low back pain and/or leg pain. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment with the top pain doctors, Contact Us today and we will be happy to help you.
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