If you’re suffering from a herniated disc, you may not need surgery to manage your pain and discomfort. As a division of Providence Anesthesiology Associates, the experienced team at Interventional Pain Center offers the highest quality pain management care available in their convenient Charlotte, North Carolina, location. To schedule an appointment at Interventional Pain Center, call or request an appointment online today.
Your spine contains 24 bones called vertebrae. Each vertebra is separated by a rubbery disc that acts as a shock absorber and helps add flexibility to your spine. If one of your discs sustains damage, it can bulge or break open. When this occurs, you have a herniated, slipped, or ruptured disc.
Herniated discs can impact any area of your spine, but they’re most common in the neck and lower back.
You can develop a herniated disc for several reasons, but they’re usually the result of aging and injury.
When you grow older, your rubbery discs begin to wear out and lose their flexibility. These changes leave them more vulnerable to damage and injury. This means that you can injure a disc by performing simple, physical movements, like bending or twisting. These movements can cause the tough outer layer of your disc to crack so its soft center can leak out.
Some herniated discs only cause a few or mild symptoms. However, if your herniated disc bulges against nerve roots in the area, they can trigger several uncomfortable symptoms.
The most common signs you have a herniated disc include:
The symptoms of a herniated disc also vary based on the region of your spine that’s affected. A herniated disc in your neck, for example, typically causes pain, weakness, and numbness in your shoulders, arms, hands, and fingers. When you have a herniated disc in your lower spine, your pain typically radiates down your leg to your foot.
In most cases, physical actions, like sneezing or coughing, increase your pain no matter where your herniated disc is. Sometimes, a herniated disc can also lead to other back problems, like spinal stenosis.
The experienced team at Interventional Pain Center outlines a treatment strategy for your herniated disc based on the area of your spine affected and the severity of your symptoms.
Common herniated disc therapies often include:
If you’re suffering from herniated disc pain, call Interventional Pain Center or schedule an appointment online today.