Back pain can be one of the most painful and debilitating conditions experienced. One such condition is a herniated disc.
The bones of your spine, also referred to as vertebrae, are cushioned and separated by spongy discs that act as shock absorbers and provide flexibility for the spine as long as the discs are healthy. The discs can become damaged by breaking or bulging. The lumbar region, lower back area of the spine, is most affected. Of course, a herniated disc may also affect other regions of the spine and neck.
There are many causes of a herniated disc. As you age, the discs aren't as flexible anymore. A herniated disc in this case is the result of wear and tear. Injuries to your spine may result in the cracking or breaking of the discs that may lead to bulging.
Exactly what are the symptoms of a herniated disc? Herniated discs that affect the nerves can cause numbness and pain. The location of the nerve will dictate the area of pain. For example, if the herniated disc is located in the lower back area the pain may travel past the buttocks into the leg by way of the sciatic nerve.
There are many herniated disc treatment options. Treatment options may include medications, surgery or physical therapy. Physical therapy is an effective treatment option and is non-surgical. The goal of treatment is to relieve pain and reestablish range of motion. Other non-surgical options are joint injections of the hip and shoulder or other areas that may be affected. The treatment of a herniated disc varies depending on the severity of the individual's case. A herniated disc may heal on its own in some cases.
Home treatments, such as rest, proper exercise and hot and cold compresses, may be helpful. Medications for pain relief, such as acetaminophen and NSAID drugs, may prove helpful as well.
However, in some cases, surgery may be the only option that provides relief. Vertebroplasty, a minimally invasive procedure is one option that may be used to repair and alleviate pain from a damaged disc. Vertebroplasty stabilizes the spine, which helps prevent further pain and damage.
The New York Pain Care Center can help diagnose your condition and offer herniated disk treatment.
Call us at 212-604-1300 or request more information by clicking here.At New York Pain Care our goal is to get you started on a personalized treatment plan to find relief!