Herniated Disc Specialist

Pain Care, LLC

Interventional Spine & Pain Management located in Stockbridge, Newnan, Mcdonough, Johns Creek, & Griffin, GA

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.

Herniated Disc Q & A

What is a herniated disc?

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.

What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?

A herniated disc can cause symptoms such as:

  • Pain at the site of the herniation
  • Sciatica - pain that radiates down your buttock, leg, or foot
  • Cervical radiculopathy - pain that radiates from your neck to your arm, shoulder, or hand
  • Numbness in the affected nerve's path
  • Tingling in the affected nerve's path
  • Muscle weakness in the muscles the nerve serves

Some herniated discs don't cause pain, and people only learn about them during an MRI or other imaging for another spine issue. 

What causes a herniated disc?

The two most common causes of disc herniation are accidents and age-related changes within the spine.

Accidental causes

Accidents that cause disc herniation mainly involve trauma, such as sports injuries and auto accidents. 

Age-related causes 

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. 

What does herniated disc treatment involve?

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:

  • Oral medication to reduce inflammation and pain
  • Local heat or ice packs
  • Physical therapy and home exercises to stretch and strengthen the spine muscles
  • Epidural steroid injections to deaden the source of the nerve pain

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.