Herniated Disc

The spine is made up of a series of bones known as vertebrae that stretch from the neck to the lower back. Between each vertebra are cushions known as discs, that help to provide support and shock absorption so that vertebrae don’t rub against each other when in motion. Unfortunately, when the discs tear this is known as a herniated disc. This problem is a common cause of neck and back pain that our orthopedic surgeon Dr. Thomas Cartwright can help you treat.

Signs and Symptoms of a Herniated Disc

Wondering if you might have a herniated disc? Sometimes people may have a herniated disc and not even know it; however, others will experience,

  • Neck or back pain
  • A sharp or burning pain in the arms of legs, depending on where the herniated disc is located
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Muscle weakness or balance issues

If you have pain that radiates from the shoulders to the arms, or you develop numbness, weakness, or tingling it’s always a good idea to turn to our orthopedic team to find out what’s going on. After all, a herniated disc can also impact the nerves, causing numbness and tingling. It’s important that you treat these problems right away so they don’t cause permanent damage.

Risk Factors and Causes of a Herniated Disc

Both aging and wear and tear can lead to disc degeneration, which can increase the risk for a herniated disc. Herniated discs are more common in people between the ages of 35 and 50. A car accident, sports-related injury, or improper lifting technique can also lead to a herniated disc. Risk factors include,

  • A physically demanding job
  • Leading a sedentary lifestyle
  • Older age
  • Past herniated discs
  • Obesity or being overweight
  • Weak back muscles
  • Performing repetitive movements

Treating a Herniated Disc

Here at Houston Advanced Spine, we are recognized for providing the most advanced treatments and care possible to patients dealing with a variety of spinal issues including herniated discs. Dr. Cartwright and his team understand how to effectively treat and manage pain and other symptoms associated with a herniated disc. We craft treatment plans that are focused on the most conservative and least invasive methods to effectively treat your discomfort while your body heals. Treatment options include,

  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain relief medications
  • Ice and heat therapy
  • Steroid medications
  • Epidural injections
  • Surgery (most often a discectomy)

If you are experiencing neck or back pain and you suspect that you might have a herniated disc, Dr. Cartwright and the team at Houston Advanced Spine can easily diagnose and treat your spinal issues. To schedule a consultation, call our practice at (281)305-9533.

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