A herniated disc can make your life incredibly difficult, as even the slightest movement can cause extreme pain. At Ortho-Spine Rehab Center, Tim Chowdhury, MD, helps patients living in Dublin and Marion, Ohio, overcome the pain and debilitating effects of herniated discs, helping restore pain-free movement. To get relief from your herniated disc, call or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.
Your spine is made of up 33 vertebrae, which are separated by 23 discs. These discs are critical in providing support and cushioning within your spine.
Each of your discs is made out of a tough outer layer of cartilage that houses a jellylike substance called the nucleus on the inside, which is what provides the cushioning between your discs. When a disc’s outer layer ruptures, some of the contents can leak out or bulge out, irritating or compressing nerves in the area.
Most herniated discs occur in active areas of your spine, namely your low back (lumbar spine) and neck (cervical spine).
Herniated discs are almost always the result of age, wear-and-tear, or injury. As you grow older, your discs naturally lose moisture, becoming a little more brittle. This degenerative process leaves your discs prone to rupture. In addition, if you’ve put your spine through its paces during your life, you may have worn down your discs, leaving them weaker and susceptible to problems like herniation.
Other factors also put you more at risk of developing a herniated disc, such as carrying extra weight, accidents, or an occupation that includes frequently lifting heavy objects.
The most telltale sign of a herniated disc is pain, which may be constant or only with certain movements, depending upon its location and the nerve involvement. You may also feel symptoms that radiate down your arms if the affected disc is in your neck or down your legs if the problem is in your low back. These symptoms include:
If you’re struggling with any of the above, it’s a good idea to get in to see your primary care physician to evaluate you and if needed refer you to Dr.Chowdhury.
After confirming your herniated disc, Dr. Chowdhury devises a treatment plan to alleviate your immediate discomfort, as well as provide a long-term solution. This may include at least one or a combination of the following:
Rest assured, Dr. Chowdhury works with you until your pain and other symptoms are resolved and your quality of life is restored.
For expert treatment of your herniated disc, call Ortho-Spine Rehab Center or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment, or request your physician for a referral.