Herniated discs can be painful and keep you from your favorite activities. Fortunately, most of the time, a herniated disc will improve on its own after a few days or weeks. But, if your pain continues to interfere with your daily life activities, a spinal specialist can help you find relief. The teams at TriHealth Orthopedics & Sports Institute and Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine offer the latest in diagnostic imaging and specializes in advanced surgical care to get you back to feeling good.
Your spine includes discs between each vertebra, which act as a cushion for the bone. These discs have a tougher exterior and a jellylike center. Sometimes, a tear can form in the outside of the disc, allowing a small portion of the inside to be pushed out. This is a herniated disc. The pressure from the disc can press against nerves, which causes pain or numbness in the arm or leg.
The most common cause of a herniated disc is gradual wear and tear related to aging. The cause of a herniated disc can result from:
The most common symptoms of a herniated disc include:
Treatment for a herniated disc can help ease symptoms and reduce pain. Spinal specialists start with a conservative approach before recommending surgery. Treatment options may include:
If pain is present after you’ve tried conservative treatment options, you may be a candidate for surgery. Often, minimally invasive procedures can be performed as an outpatient. Surgical options may include:
You may be at higher risk of getting a herniated disc if you:
A herniated disc can’t be completely prevented, but you can lower your risk of developing this common back condition:
At TriHealth Orthopedics & Sports Institute and Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, our spinal specialists are here to help you get stronger and return to good health. Find the right treatment for your herniated disc. To learn more or make an appointment with an orthopedic specialist: Call TriHealth at 513 246 2300 or our orthopedic partner, Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, at 513 354 3700.