A herniated disc can cause a range of problems and complications if it isn’t properly treated. Fortunately, seasoned physicians, Kevin McElroy, DO, and Steven Ferrer, MD, of Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine, have highly successful treatment options that don’t involve surgery or strong medications. Get help for your herniated disc by calling the Ramsey, New Jersey, office or scheduling an appointment online.
A herniated disc refers to an issue with one of the discs between your vertebrae. A spinal disc can be described as a cushion with a softer, jelly-like center encased by a tougher exterior.
A herniated disc is also called a slipped or ruptured disc and occurs when some of the softer ‘jelly’ parts protrude through a tear in the tougher exterior.
A herniated disc can irritate nearby nerves and cause pain, as well as numbness or weakness in an arm or leg. Most herniated discs occur in the lower back, but they can also happen in the neck.
In some cases, you might not have any symptoms of a herniated disc other than a mild pain in the area. For others, herniated discs can come along with various symptoms, such as:
If you’re dealing with any kind of lingering back pain, it’s best to visit Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine for an evaluation.
Most commonly, disc herniation is the result of aging-related wear and tear that occurs over time. With aging, your spinal discs lose some of the water content, making them less flexible and more prone to rupturing or tearing, even with a minor twist, strain, or movement.
Sometimes, using your back muscles instead of your leg and thigh muscles to lift large and heavy objects can cause a herniated disc. In some cases, a traumatic event like a fall or a blow to the back can lead to a herniated disc.
After an evaluation, discussion, and any necessary testing, your doctor determines the best way to treat your herniated disc. The Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine providers offer various effective treatments for a herniated disc, such as:
Find the right solution for your painful herniated disc, and call the office today or book an appointment online.