Herniated Disc Q&A
Our spinal disc has a soft, jellylike center that is encased in a tough, rubbery exterior. A herniated disk refers to a problem with one of the disks that sit between the individual bones
What is a herniated disc?
A herniated disc, also known as a bulged, slipped or ruptured disc, is a disc that is pushed out place. A herniated disk refers to a problem with one of the rubbery cushions that sit between the individual bones that stack to make your spine. A herniated disk, which can occur in any part of the spine and can irritate a nearby nerve. Depending on where the herniated disc is, it can result in pain, numbness or weakness in an arm or leg.
What causes a herniated disc?
A herniated disc maybe caused by an excessive strain or injury. As well, we are all aging. The spinal disc material degenerates naturally with aging and the ligaments that hold it in place tends to naturally weaken. Additional risk considerations include excessive body weight, physically demanding jobs, smoking and genetics.
How do you treat a herniated disc?
At Racz Pain Centers, we first treat our patients with conservative treatment options such as medications and physical therapy. If the pain worsens and there is a progressive loss of sensation, Dr Racz and the patient will determine the appropriate surgical options.