Herniated Disc

Spine & Sports Medical Group

Spine & Sports Medicine & Regenerative Medicine located in Campbell, CA

A herniated disc is among the most common causes of back pain, but it is also a treatable condition. Through the expert team of physiatrists at Spine & Sports Medical Group in Campbell, California, patients can find relief from the discomfort of a herniated disc. Don’t live with ongoing back pain and loss of function when there are safe and effective treatments available. Call or schedule your appointment online today to explore your treatment options in more detail.

Herniated Disc Q & A

What is a herniated disc?

Your spine is comprised of a series of individual bones called vertebrae. In between each of these bones is a round, flat disc that cushions each joint and helps hold your vertebrae in position.

These vertebral discs have a soft, gel-like center surrounded by firm, rubbery tissue. That strong outer shell prevents the softer interior from leaking, yet remains flexible enough to cushion each joint. 

A herniated disc occurs when a disc ruptures and the gel-like substance begins to leak out. Nearby nerves become irritated, leading to significant back pain. Other names for a herniated disc include a ruptured disc or slipped disc. 

What are some symptoms of a herniated disc?

Any of your discs can rupture, but herniated discs are most common in the lower portion of your spine. The area of your body where you’ll notice symptoms depends on which disc has ruptured. 

Some things to look out for include:

  • Back pain
  • Pain in your arm or leg
  • Sensations of numbness or tingling in your back, arm, or leg
  • Feelings of muscle weakness in your arm or leg

Your pain can be mild, moderate, or severe. It might be constant or intermittent, and it might worsen if you cough, sneeze, or place sudden pressure on your spine. If you notice these symptoms, schedule a diagnostic exam right away to find answers. 

What can be done to treat a herniated disc?

Medications can help control pain and may play a role in your treatment plan. There are a range of options to choose from, including narcotics, muscle relaxers, anticonvulsants, and injected corticosteroids. 

Physical therapy can also improve pain from a herniated disc. However, in some cases, surgery is the best possible treatment path. Your surgeon can remove all or a portion of the damaged disc. An artificial disc can be implanted, or the two bones can be surgically fused together to eliminate further pain. 

If you have unexplained back, arm, or leg pain, schedule a diagnostic exam at Spine & Sports Medical Group to find answers. You can book a visit online from the comfort of home, or call during business hours to speak with a member of the administrative staff.