Herniated Disc 2017-03-31T17:14:34+00:00

What is a Herniated Disc?

A herniated disc is a spine condition where  the gel-like material in the disk leaks out.  You may also hear it called a “slipped disc” or a “ruptured disc.”

What You May Be Feeling

Herniated Disc can cause Shooting pains

Shooting Pains

Herniated Disc can cause Leg Weakness

Leg Weakness

Herniated Disc can cause Pain in Extrimities

Pain in Extremities

Herniated Disc can cause Leg Numbness

Leg numbness

Herniated Disc can cause Tingling


Herniated Disc can cause Isolated pain on one side

Isolated Pain on One Side

A herniated disc is most often caused by normal, age-related deterioration (wear and tear) of the body. Lifting heavy objects with the muscles in your back instead of your legs can also cause a herniated disk. Being overweight or genetics may also make someone more susceptible to a herniated disk.

Potential Treatment Options



A very common procedure that removes a portion of what is known as a the lamina in order to create space in the area affected by the bulging disc.



A spinal decompression surgery where only a very small portion of the lamina is removed to remove pressure on the nerves and spinal cord to relieve pain

Disc Replacement

Disc Replacement

Used when the bulging disc is in the cervical portion of the spine, the procedure completely replaces the damaged disc with an artificial one.



Removes the damaged disc in the neck, relieving pain and pressure, while at the same time providing new much needed stability with a reinforced implant.

Lumbar Fusion

Lumbar Fusion

Removes damaged disc from the lower back (lumbar spine), and fuses two vertebrae together with a reinforced implant to create much needed support.

Radio Frequency Ablation

Radio Frequency Ablation

Also known as an RFA, this procedure uses high-energy radio frequency to ablate the trouble nerve, essentially eliminating the source of pain.

Things You Can Do At Home To Relieve Symptoms

  • NSAIDs like ibuprofen or naproxen

  • Narcotics for more severe pain

  • Muscle relaxers

  • Cortisone injections

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