Bones in the spine are cushioned by spongy discs. When these discs are healthy and working properly, they absorb shock and the spine stays flexible. But if these discs are damaged, break or bulge, they can become a herniated disc.
Herniated discs cause extreme pain and numbness for sufferers. Sufferers report unrelenting neck and back pain. The herniated disc often presses on the nerve roots, causing pain, weakness, tingling or numbness. One particular and commonly known kind of herniated disc is sciatica which causes pain down the legs and in the buttock.
Causes of Disc Pain
Disc herniation is usually a gradual process and not something that happens immediately or quickly. Instead, disc pain is most often the result of gradual wear-and-tear on the discs.
In addition to the gradual aging process, there are other factors that might place someone at greater risk for this type of pain, including:
- Improper Lifting — using back muscles instead of leg muscles.
- Gender — middle-aged men are most likely to suffer from disc pain.
- Weight — added weight puts added strain on the spine.
- Sedentary lifestyle — regular exercise improves overall health, including spinal health.
The good news is that most sufferers can experience relief from the numerous treatment options available. Atlanta suffers can turn to Comprehensive Pain Management for help. Treatment options can be non-surgical or surgical, depending on the severity of pain.
Non-surgical options can include rest, exercise, anti-inflammatory medications, steroid injections and physical therapy or a combination of any of these treatment options. Overall, non-surgical options are only beneficial for short-term relief.
Surgical options are only considered after significant time and effort have been given to non-surgical treatment options. At 911 BioCare Centers are physicians can help patients evaluate whether surgery is the right option. The most common form of surgery is discectomy. Discectomy involves removing disc material surgically through an incision. Most people are able to return to normal activities after a brief period. Our physicians will suggest postoperative care that might include physical therapy and various home exercises to support recovery.
For more information contact on Herniated Disc Pain, and any other services, 911 BioCare Centers at 855-901-0911.