A herniated disc is sometimes painless, but it can also be the source of severe chronic pain and mobility issues. The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia offers tailored pain management solutions to treat herniated discs in Brunswick and Kingsland, GA.
What Are Herniated Discs?
The term herniated disc refers to an issue that occurs when one of the rubbery cushion-like discs between the individual vertebrae in the spine ruptures or tears, allowing for the jelly-like fluid inside to escape and irritate nearby nerves. This can result in numbness, weakness, and pain felt in the back, arm, or leg.
Most commonly, people who suffer from a herniated disc have age-related degenerative disc disease. As we age, some of the water content held in the spinal discs is lost, leading to them become less flexible and more prone to tears and ruptures, sometimes even with a minor twist or strain.
What Causes Herniated Discs?
In most cases, the precise cause of a herniated disc can’t be diagnosed. Herniated discs can happen for many reasons. In addition to age-related disc degeneration that increases the risk of a rupture or herniation, a herniated disc can also be caused by heavy lifting.
Lifting heavy objects incorrectly can often lead to a herniated disc, as can twisting while lifting said object. Traumatic events like falls or a blow to the back rarely are the cause of a herniated disc.
Factors such as excess body weight, physically demanding jobs, or simple genetics can all increase your risk of a herniated disc. Maintaining a healthy weight and good posture with regular exercise can reduce your risk of a disc herniation.
What Are the Symptoms of Herniated Discs?
The majority of herniated discs occur in the lower back in the lumbar spine area. They can also occur in the cervical spine area of the neck. The following are the most common signs and symptoms of a herniated disc:
- Numbness and tingling: Patients who have experienced a herniated disc often complain of a numbness or tingling around the part of the body that the affected nerve serves.
- Arm and leg pain: If the disc that has herniated is located in the lower back, patients will typically feel the most intense pain in their thighs, calves, and buttocks. If the herniated disc is located in the neck, the shoulder or arm will most typically experience the most intense pain. Patients may see the pain shooting into the arm or leg when sneezing, coughing, or when moving their spine into a certain position.
- Weakness: The muscles that are served by the affected nerves will tend to weaken in the event of a herniated disc. This may cause patients to stumble, and find it a struggle to lift or even hold items.
Many people can have a herniated disc without even realizing it. Herniated discs can sometimes be found on spinal x-ray images among people without symptoms.
How is a Herniated Disc Treated in Brunswick, GA?
The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia offers several treatment options to relieve the pain and weakness of a herniated disc. We will work with you to create a tailored treatment plan that may include:
- This minimally invasive procedure uses an injection of medication to break up adhesions or scar tissue that can result from a herniated disc that causes nerve pain.
- Stem Cell Therapy
- Spinal discs can’t heal or recover on their own. Stem cell therapy is designed to regenerate tissue in the cartilage and disc to reduce pain and inflammation while restoring a more normal disc shape.
- Lumbar Fusion
- We offer minimally invasive lumbar fusion for herniated discs that do not respond well to other treatment options.
- Transforaminal Injections
- This injection is specifically designed to ease lower back pain from a herniated disc by injecting a steroid medication into the nerves running out of the spinal cord and into the legs.
- Epidural Steroid Injections
- This procedure involves injecting steroids at the site of the nerve that is being pinched or impinged by the herniated disc to reduce pain.
A herniated disc can be a painful and chronic condition. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn more about the pain management services at the Spine Center of Southeast Georgia to ease your herniated disc symptoms. We welcome men and women in Brunswick and Kingsland, GA.