If you struggle with neck discomfort, back pain, or burning pain along your spine, it could be because of disc herniation. At Raleigh Spine and Pain Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, skilled interventional pain management physician Daljit S. Buttar, MD, and his exceptional staff treat pain caused by disc herniation to give you the best quality of life possible. Call the office or book an appointment online today.
Disc herniation, commonly referred to as a herniated disc, is a condition that causes problems with rubbery cushions that support the bones in your spine. Spinal discs contain a jellylike, soft center encased by a rubbery exterior. When discs get herniated or ruptured, pain and pinched nerves often develop.
Treatment at Raleigh Spine and Pain Center can relieve discomfort caused by disc herniation.
If you have disc herniation, you may experience some of the following symptoms:
Herniated discs don’t always cause symptoms. However, if you have ongoing or severe symptoms, see the experts at Raleigh Spine and Pain Center for an evaluation.
Disc herniation is common and can happen to anyone, but some factors increase your risk of developing it. Examples include:
Complications that can occur with untreated disc herniation include worsening symptoms, bowel or bladder dysfunction, and reduced sensations in your limbs.
Ways to reduce your chance of disc herniation include getting regular exercise, maintaining good posture and healthy body weight, eating nutritious foods, practicing safe lifting techniques, and not smoking.
To find out if you have a herniated disc and develop an effective treatment plan, Dr. Buttar discusses your symptoms and medical history with you. He completes a physical exam, including a neurological exam, to assess your muscle strength, walking ability, reflexes, and touch sensations.
Dr. Buttar could recommend that you complete CT scans, X-rays, MRIs, other imaging procedures, and nerve testing to properly diagnose the source of your pain.
Treatments available at Raleigh Spine and Pain Center for disc herniation include:
About 10 percent of disc herniation cases need surgery to fully eliminate discomfort. Surgical options available at Raleigh Spine and Pain Center include laminotomy, discectomy, arthroplasty, and spinal fusion.
Dr. Buttar lets you know which treatment matches your needs, lifestyle, preferences, and desired outcome. He may remove part or all of a damaged disc, replace it with artificial components, or fuse your vertebra using a metal rod or bone graft.
To find out if you have disc herniation and get the pain relief you deserve, call the Raleigh Spine and Pain Center or schedule an appointment online today.