What You May Be Feeling
Pain in Extremities
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 laminectomy is 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. Learn More.
A laminotomy is 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. Learn More.
When the disc compresses the spinal cord or nerve root, removal is a consideration. The disc is replaced with an artificial disc to preserve motion at the disc space. Learn More.
During an ACDF the damaged disc in the neck is removed, relieving pain and pressure, while at the same time providing new much needed stability with a reinforced implant. Learn More.
During a lumbar fusion the damaged disc is removed from the lower back (lumbar spine), and the two vertebrae are fused together with a reinforced implant to create more support. Learn More.
Also known as an RFA, this procedure uses high-energy radio frequency to ablate the troubled nerve, essentially eliminating the source of pain. Learn More.
NSAIDs like ibuprofen or naproxen
Narcotics for more severe pain