What is a Herniated Disc?
A herniated disc develops when one of the discs of the spine moves out of place. Discs are the soft cushion between the bones (or vertebrae) that make up your spine. When a disc is moved out of place, nerves can become irritated, resulting in severe back pain.
Because your spine and the discs in your spine run through your back, a herniated disc can cause either lower back pain or pain in any part of your back.
Herniated Disc Causes
There are many potential herniated disc causes. Common herniated disc causes include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- Twisting or turning to lift something
- Heavy lifting
- Being overweight
- Lack of exercise
Additionally, the risk of developing a herniated disc increases with age.
Herniated Disc Symptoms
The most common symptom of a herniated disc is lower back pain. This is because the lower part of the spine is where most herniated disc injuries develop.
Other herniated disc symptoms include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- Back pain that spreads to the thighs
- Back pain that gets worse when moving and better when resting
- Back pain that gets worse when coughing, sneezing or sitting
If you or your loved one experience herniated disc symptoms, it's important to see a doctor before the condition gets worse.
Herniated Disc Treatment
There are many options for herniated disc treatment. The right treatment varies on a patient by patient basis. Common forms of herniated disc treatment include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- Pain medication
- Muscle relaxers
- Cortisone injections
- Physical therapy
Herniated Disc Surgery
If none of the above conservative treatments for a herniated disc are successful, herniated disc surgery may be required.
The SOS team includes surgeons who are experienced in performing herniated disc surgery. Additionally, SOS provides total orthopedic care for patients who suffer from a herniated disc. Our back pain specialists and herniated disc surgeons will provide care for before and after your surgery, ensuring the smoothest possible recovery.
SOS Can Help with Back Pain and Symptom Relief for a Herniated Disc
Talk with an SOS back pain specialist if experiencing herniated disc symptoms. An SOS back pain specialist will provide the personalized care you deserve, listening to you and developing a care plan that makes the most sense for you.
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