Herniated Disc Treatments

Innovative Herniated Disc Treatments

In recent years, many innovations in herniated disc treatments have dramatically improved the quality of life for patients suffering from debilitating spinal pain and loss of mobility. NSPC offers many of these new innovative treatment options, such as microdiscectomy, that are minimally invasive to provide patients faster recovery and quicker pain relief.

What Are Herniated Disc Symptoms?

Spinal discs are the cushions between your vertebrae. A herniated disc occurs when a tear or movement in one of the cushions allows the gel-like middle portion of the disc to protrude—or herniate.

Acute and chronic pain is the most common symptom of a herniated disc. Affected discs in the lumbar spine (lower region of the back) will cause symptoms in the lower part of the body such as legs, buttocks or calves. A herniated disc in the neck or upper part of the spine will cause symptoms in the arms and shoulders.

Traumatic (quick) injury to lumbar discs commonly occurs from lifting while bent at the waist, rather than lifting while using the legs. Minor back pain is an indicator of general wear and tear that may result in a traumatic event from something simple like bending to pick up a pencil from the floor. Symptoms can include

  • severe pain
  • stiffness
  • loss of flexibility
  • numbness and weakness in arms or legs.

Sciatica occurs when the herniated disc presses on the sciatic nerve, causing pain to radiate along the nerve path to the buttocks and down the leg. Continued pressure on the nerve can cause radiculopathy or nerve root damage. Surgery for herniated disc may be the best treatment option if other more conservative approaches have failed.

Herniated Disc Treatments at NSPC

At NSPC, we take a multidisciplinary approach to pain management, and most herniated discs can be successfully treated with medication and therapies.

  • Over-the-counter pain medicine—Your physician may prescribe analgesics such as Ibuprofen or naproxen to alleviate mild pain.
  • Prescription medications—For more severe pain or pain that isn’t controlled by over-the-counter medications, your doctor may prescribe narcotics or nerve pain medications.
  • Muscle relaxers—If you have muscle spasms, muscle relaxers may control the involuntary contractions.
  • Cortisone injections—You may be given cortisone shots to reduce inflammation in the area and to relieve pressure on the nerve.
  • Interventional medicine—Epidural steroid injections, facet joint injections, neurolytic blocks, spinal cord stimulators and drug delivery system implants in the spinal canal.

Physical therapy may show you how to avoid movements that aggravate your spine. Exercises and biofeedback are other non-pharmacological treatments that may help your condition.

However, when non-surgical slipped disc treatments don’t work, surgery may be the best option.

Surgical Herniated Disc Treatments at NSPC

When a herniation results in significant functional abnormalities or if non-surgical therapies do not work effectively, herniated disc surgery is often recommended.

Microdiscectomy

Microdiscectomy is one of these innovative treatment options helping to relieve spinal pain and discomfort. In this procedure, a surgeon makes a small incision to remove a portion of the bone over the nerve root and/or disc material to provide more room for the nerve to heal and relieve symptoms of neural compression. Our board-certified neurosurgeons use specialized microscopes or magnifying instruments to view the disc and the nerves to remove the herniated disc material through a much smaller incision than with regular discectomy. This minimally invasive herniated disc innovation results in far less tissue damage and a much faster recovery time.

Spinal fusion 

Spinal fusion is another back surgery for herniated discs. The goal of this procedure is to fuse together the affected vertebrae so that they heal into a single solid bone. To do this, bone graft material is placed in strips along the vertebrae, in pieces between vertebrae, or packed into a special cage that goes between the vertebrae.

Mobi-C cervical disc replacement surgery is a revolutionary new cervical disc replacement procedure offering a number of benefits over the current standard procedure for those suffering from degenerative conditions affecting the spinal cord and discs. It offers a greater range of motion post-surgery, is suitable for two levels of the spine and has a lower risk of complication than traditional procedures.

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