Pain Tip of the Month

HERNIATED DISCS:

It is estimated that between 60 and 70% of Americans will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives.  A cause of back pain with a sudden onset is a herniated disc.  Intervertebral discs are the cushions between the vertebrae (backbones) and they extend from the neck to the low back.  Approximately 2% of Americans will experience a herniated disc, and the most common area for this to occur is in the low back.  Through aging or trauma, the discs can become damaged and the jelly-like filling can leak out.  When this happens, it typically presses on the nerves which leave the spinal cord.  Herniated discs usually result in back pain with leg pain.  Pain Diagnostics and Interventional Care is very experienced in managing patients with herniated discs.  A custom treatment plan will be designed to help relieve pain and improve function.  Medications, physical therapy, chiropractic care and injections (specifically epidural steroid injections) may be considered.  We have had many patients be able to return to work and avoid a major operation.