Herniated Disc

Spinal discs serve as shock absorbers between the vertebrae, supporting the upper body and movement. When a disc herniates and leaks some of its inner material, the disc may aggravate a nerve, triggering possible back pain. A herniated disc is typically seen in patients between the pages of 35 and 50.

How We Treat It:

Nonsurgical Treatment

  • If your pain is mild to moderate, your doctor might recommend over-the-counter pain medication like Ibuprofen or Aleve, or sometimes muscle relaxers for muscle spasms.
  • If your pain doesn’t improve with oral medications, your doctor might recommend a corticosteroid that can be injected into the area around the spinal nerves.
  • Physical therapy may offer some relief to back pain you may be experiencing. Physical therapists can show you positions and exercises designed to minimize the pain of a herniated disk.

Surgical Treatment

  • If symptoms continue after other treatments, surgery may be recommended. In nearly all cases, surgeons can remove the protruding portion of the disk and rarely is the entire disk removed.

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