A herniated disc, also known as a slipped or ruptured disc, occurs when the thick outer layer of a spinal disc tears, allowing the soft interior to squeeze out into the spinal canal. In a normal spinal disc, the tough outer layer would completely encapsulate the soft interior. When a disc herniates, it can exert pressure on the surrounding nerves and can cause pain, numbness, and weakness. Although herniated discs can occur anywhere, they are most commonly found in the lower back, specifically within the lumbar region of the spine.
Did You Know?
There are several non-surgical treatments available that can effectively treat herniated discs. In fact, these treatments are often so effective that most herniated discs do not require surgery.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I have a herniated disc?
You may have a herniated disc if you are experiencing pain, numbness, or weakness in your lower back, buttocks, thigh, calf, and foot on one side of your body. Your pain may also get worse at night or when moving a certain way. To determine if you have a herniated disc, schedule a consultation with Dr. Greg Condie of Aspen Orthopedic Pain and Spine today.
What can I expect when receiving treatment for a herniated disc at Aspen Orthopedic Pain and Spine?
When receiving treatment for a herniated disc at Aspen Orthopedic Pain and Spine, your exact treatment expectations will vary depending on the location and severity of the herniated disc. As mentioned above, most herniated discs can be treated non-surgically with epidural spine injections, facet injections, or radio frequency ablation (RFA).
Will I need to follow any special instructions while receiving treatment for a herniated disc?
Depending on your unique situation, Dr. Condie may recommend certain lifestyle changes to help effectively manage your symptoms. For example, he may make dietary and/or exercise recommendations to help improve your symptoms.