Small, fluid-filled sacs called discs support the structure of your spine. When one of these discs ruptures or bulges out of position, called a herniated disc, it can lead to widespread pain and inflammation. For a consultation, visit spine specialist Dr. Faisal Mahmood at One Oak Medical’s locations in Staten Island, New York and Wayne, Paramus, Middletown, and Point Pleasant, New Jersey. Call to book an appointment or schedule one online today.
The discs in your spinal column contain a tough outer case filled with a gel-like substance. With injury or normal disc degeneration that comes from aging, these discs can tear, releasing fluid.
The inner material can also push or bulge against the outer casing, causing the disc to protrude out of place, sometimes putting pressing on the nearby nerves. When this happens, it’s called a herniated or slipped disc.
Herniated discs tend to cause pain and discomfort that may be localized in one part of the back, or the pain may radiate down the arms or legs.
Dr. Mahmood starts with a comprehensive medical evaluation, and he may order X-rays of your spine to get a more comprehensive visualization of the issue. Depending on the location and severity of your herniated disc, as well as your symptoms, he may recommend a treatment plan that includes:
Certain anti-inflammatory or pain-relieving drugs can help to ease discomfort associated with a herniated disc. While this isn’t a good long-term solution, it can provide immediate relief. Dr. Mahmood might also recommend steroid injections to help with inflammation and pain.
Certain stretching or movement exercises can help to relieve pressure on your spine and the nerves affected by the herniation.
If other methods have failed to deliver long-term results, Dr. Mahmood might recommend surgery for treatment of a herniated disc. This usually involves removing part or all of the damaged disc.
Results from herniated disc treatment depend on a variety of factors, including your age, your current spine health, and your ability to follow through with care. With early treatment, it’s often possible to avoid surgery.
You may need to limit activities that put pressure on the affected area until you’re fully healed. The process can take several weeks or months, depending on your unique course of treatment.
To learn more about treatment for a herniated disc, call One Oak Medical or book an appointment online today.