Herniated discs can occur as you age or with spinal trauma — but no matter how it happens, a herniated disc can cause severe discomfort. At Pain Care, LLC, with Metro Atlanta area offices in Stockbridge, Griffin, Newnan, McDonough, and Johns Creek, Georgia, the team of efficient and caring pain management specialists offers cutting-edge treatment options to help you heal. Learn how you can beat herniated disc pain by calling your nearest office or clicking the online scheduler now.
A herniated disc is damage to one of the discs between your spinal vertebrae. Your intervertebral discs have a gel-like center (the nucleus) and a rubbery outer shell (the annulus). If you have a rip or fissure in the annulus, the nucleus partially leaks out.
The protruding nucleus can irritate or pressure a nearby nerve and cause symptoms in the immediate area, while also shooting into other areas as well. Most herniated discs occur in the lumbar (lower) spine, but they may occur in the cervical (neck area) spine too.
A herniated disc can cause symptoms such as:
Some herniated discs don't cause pain, and people only learn about them during an MRI or other imaging for another spine issue.
The two most common causes of disc herniation are accidents and age-related changes within the spine.
Accidents that cause disc herniation mainly involve trauma, such as sports injuries and auto accidents.
As you age, your spinal discs grow harder and more brittle. That can lead to cracks or tears in the annulus, which may happen in the course of normal movements like twisting.
Age-related changes are the most common of these two causes of disc herniation.
The Pain Care, LLC, team assesses every patient one-on-one, considering many factors including their goals and lifestyle. The team makes every effort possible to ease your pain and other symptoms with noninvasive and minimally invasive procedures, using major surgery only as a last resort.
Most people respond well to one or more non-surgical herniated disc treatments, such as:
In 90% of cases, herniated discs heal within around six weeks and require only conservative non-surgical care. If your pain persists, you may need a decompression discectomy procedure, a minimally invasive surgery that removes the part of the disc that's pressuring your nerve.
A neuromodulation system, an implanted device that works to mask or turn off pain signals in a damaged nerve, can be another option for lasting herniated disc symptom relief.
Pain Care, LLC, uses spinal cord stimulators (SCS), dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulators, and peripheral nerve stimulators (PNS) from the leading neuromodulation system companies, including Nevro®, Medtronic, Stimwave Technologies, and Boston Scientific.
Pain Care, LLC, also offers regenerative medicine services that may help heal a herniated disc.
To learn more about herniated disc solutions, call Pain Care, LLC, or book an appointment online now.