Q & A
What is a herniated disc?
You have cushion-like discs between your vertebrae, or bones, which are stacked up, forming your spine. Discs act like shock absorbers. A herniated disc or slipped disc occurs when one of them is pushed out due to a tear.
A herniated disk can irritate your surrounding nerves in your back and cause pain or weakness in your arms or legs. You typically don’t need surgery to correct a herniated disc.
What are symptoms of a herniated disc?
A herniated disk usually affects your lower back or lumbar spine. However, it can also affect your neck or cervical spine.
Common symptoms associated with a herniated disc include:
- Back or neck pain
- Pain in your arms or legs
- Tingling or numbness
- Weakened muscles
What causes a herniated disc?
In many cases, a herniated disc is the result of natural wear and tear related to age and disc degeneration. As you age, your spinal discs lose some of their flexibility and become more susceptible to tearing, even due to a minor strain.
You can’t always pinpoint the exact cause of your herniated disc. Sometimes, improper form, like using your back muscles instead of your legs when lifting heavy objects, can cause a herniated disc. It’s rare, but sometimes trauma from a fall or a blow to your back can cause a herniated disc.
Several factors can increase your risk of a herniated disc, including:
- Being overweight
- Occupation (jobs that require lifting, pulling, pushing, etc.)
- Genetics (family history)
How do you treat a herniated disc?
The first step in treating a herniated disc is diagnosing the condition. At Glaser Pain Relief Center, Dr. Glaser and his team will evaluate you, perform a physical exam, order necessary tests, and discuss your symptoms with you to make a comprehensive treatment plan for your diagnosis.
Treatment may include spinal imaging to inspect your herniated disc. In more severe cases, he may opt to perform an epidural steroid injection or spinal cord stimulation. Dr. Glaser will prescribe the right course of treatment for you from a wide range of minimally invasive treatment plans and alternative therapies offered at Glaser Pain Relief Center.
Call or click ‘Book Online’ today to learn more about your options when treating a herniated disc.
Glaser Pain Relief Center
Interventional Pain Management Specialist located in Encino, CA
There are more than three million cases of herniated discs in the United States each year. Top-rated interventional pain management specialist, Jeffrey B. Glaser, MD, at Glaser Pain Relief Center in Encino, California, provides safe, effective treatment options that address the causes of this painful condition. Dr. Glaser and his team can also counsel you on how to prevent injuries that might lead to a herniated disc. Call or book an appointment online today.