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Lumbar Disc Herniation

About Lumbar Disc Herniation

You may just need to rest if you have a herniated disc in your lower back or you may need to consider surgical options for a herniated lumbar disc. The lower back experts at the Spine & Rehab Group provide conservative treatment for lumbar disc herniation before exploring surgical options. With eight locations in New York City and northern New Jersey, you can find a spine specialist near you who’s best equipped to provide exceptional lumbar disc herniation treatment. Call today for an appointment.

What Is a Herniated Lumbar Disc?

Lumbar disc herniation is a condition in which the jelly-like nucleus of an intervertebral disc pushes against the tough outer ring called the annulus fibrosus. The pressure on the spinal cord and nearby nerve roots results in lower back pain and other symptoms. The disc material can also release chemical irritants, causing inflammation in the surrounding spinal nerves.

The lumbar discs are integral in the spinal cord, as they provide cushioning to protect the bony joints in your spine. The discs absorb the shocks during movement while allowing your lumbar spine to support movement and bear your body weight. When an intervertebral disc is damaged, you suffer pain, discomfort and other symptoms that affect your quality of life.

At the Spine & Rehab Group in New York City and northern New Jersey, Dr. Amr Hosny and the board-certified team of spine doctors use the latest technologies to treat a wide range of spinal conditions, including lumbar disc herniation and:

What Causes Lumbar Disc Herniation?

The lumbar spine supports and stabilizes your body movement. Physical changes in the structure of a shock-absorbing lumbar spine disc can cause herniation. Such changes typically occur for one of three reasons:

  1. Age-related wear and tear
  2. A severe injury to your lower back
  3. Degenerative disc disease

The team led by Dr. Hosny treats your case individually. They start with a medical review and diagnostic tests to determine the cause of your lower back pain. If a disc herniation is your diagnosis, the findings form the basis of your lumbar herniated disc treatment.

Who’s at Risk of Lumbar Disc Herniation?

Anyone can suffer a herniated disc in the lumbar spine, but there are some factors that make you more vulnerable to this spine condition, such as:

  • Excess body weight
  • A physically demanding job
  • Repetitive pushing, pulling, lifting, twisting and bending sideways
  • A family history of disc herniation
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • A sports injury or car accident
  • Frequent driving
  • A sedentary lifestyle

Part of the conservative, interventional treatment for lumbar disc herniation, as recommended by a spine specialist, is a change in your lifestyle habits. Such changes, like losing weight, reduce the risk of developing this debilitating spine condition.

Am I Suffering from a Herniated Lumbar Disc?

More than 80 percent of the population experience back pain at some point, which may be due to a herniated disc in the lumbar spine. Symptoms accompanying a herniated disc vary because it depends on where the pinched nerve is located. Consult your spine doctor for a diagnosis of lumbar disc herniation if you experience:

  • Pain in your buttocks, thigh and calf
  • Sharp, searing, electric, radiating or piercing pain in your legs due to a nerve impingement
  • Neurological symptoms associated with nerve compression, including weakness, numbness, a pins-and-needles feeling or tingling in the leg, foot or toes
  • Muscle weakness or spasms
  • Difficulty lifting your foot when walking or standing
  • A dull or throbbing lower back pain or stiffness
  • Pain that worsens with movement or prolonged standing or sitting
  • Pain when laughing or sneezing
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control, in cases of extensive spinal nerve damage

A spine specialist at the state-of-the-art NYC and northern NJ spinal clinics uses cutting-edge technology to identify the location and severity of the herniation. Only with a correct diagnosis can your doctor perform surgical treatment for herniated lumbar disc when necessary. The symptoms of a herniation are associated with other lower back problems, such as:

How Is a Herniated Lumbar Disc Treated?

Your spine doctor picks either from conservative or surgical options for herniated lumbar disc treatment. Most often, your doctor begins with the least invasive procedure. Treatment options include:

  • Rest
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain relief
  • Heat and cold treatment on the affected area
  • Muscle relaxers
  • Physical therapy
  • Lumbar epidural steroid injection
  • Lumbar herniated disc surgery options, such as microdiscectomy, laminotomy, laminectomy, spinal fusion and artificial disc replacement

After a medical examination and diagnosis, your spine doctor determines how to treat your herniated lumbar disc. The initial goal of treatment is lumbar disc relief. At the Spine & Rehab Group, the doctors leverage the latest equipment for correct diagnosis and treatment. Pain management and the restoration of full function to your back improves your quality of life. With eight locations in NYC and northern NJ, there’s a facility near you. Contact the nearest office today for an appointment.

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