A herniated disc, also referred to as a slipped disc, ruptured disc, or disc herniation, is one of the most common causes of back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and arm pain. Often, people visit a spine specialist for back pain or neck pain and unknowingly have a lumbar disc herniation. Herniated discs affect the vertebrae, the bones that make up your spine, and the spinal discs, which provide support and flexibility to your back.
Lumbar herniated discs occur when the inner part of the discs in your spine are pushed out through a tear in the outer layer of the disc. This herniated disc puts pressure on the nerves in your spine and can cause back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and arm pain.
At The Spine & Rehab Group, our doctors are highly experienced in diagnosing herniated discs and treating them using non-surgical treatment methods. Click here to schedule an appointment online or call us at 973-400-1716.
Herniated discs are often caused by disc degeneration or weakening of the spinal discs. This can occur gradually over a long period of time due to normal wear and tear and aging. Traumatic injuries such as a fall or strain, sports injuries, and overuse can also cause disc herniation.
Symptoms of a herniated disc vary depending on the location of the disc herniation in the spine.
Patients with a herniated lumbar disc (herniated disc in the lower back) commonly include symptoms that affect the lower back, buttocks, hips and legs. These symptoms include:
Patients with a herniated cervical disc (herniated disc in the neck) commonly include symptoms that affect the upper back, neck, shoulder, arms and hands. These symptoms include:
At The Spine and Rehab Group, our slipped disc specialists of NJ recommend a non-surgical approach to treat pain. Treatment for disc herniations often include:
Physical Therapy for Herniated Discs – Customized physical therapy treatments for herniated discs created by your team of Herniated Disc Specialists, which include Back Pain Specialists, Interventional Spine Specialists and Physical Therapists.
Steroid Injections – Non-surgical, in-office injections may be recommended if herniated disc pain or back pain is severe.
Anti Inflammatory Medication – The use of anti-inflammatory medication, or NSAIDS, may be recommended to decrease inflammation of the herniated disc and reduce pain associated with nerve pressure.
Everyone I've worked with is incredibly helpful, attentive, and thorough! I came to The Spine & Rehab Group for help with a herniated disk and knee problems, and I've seen real improvement. The therapists are devoted, knowledgeable, and really listen to you. Highly recommended!Angelica Baker ★★★★★
Carol has done wonders treating my neck injury and pain. I have several herniated discs which had me in chronic horrible pain. Carol is very caring and expert in her PT treatment, as is the entire staff. My pain has decreased and my mobility increased. I am grateful for Carol and the staff.Dennis Courtney
At The Spine & Rehab Group our spine specialists are experts in diagnosing and relieving herniated disc pain. Accurate diagnosis is vital in appropriately treating your pain. The doctors at The Spine & Rehab Group utilize in-office diagnostics to diagnose the cause of your pain. During a consultation, your doctor will go over your medical history, perform a physical exam and may order an x-ray in the office to confirm the cause of your pain. An MRI or CT scan may also be recommended prior to beginning a course of treatment.
Get started at The Spine & Rehab Group today to help relieve your pain. Click here to schedule an appointment online or call us at 973-400-1716.
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