Slipped Disc Treatment Options
A slipped disc, more correctly referred to as a herniated disc, can cause a number of painful and uncomfortable symptoms throughout the back, neck, and extremities, depending on its location.
For instance, a slipped disc occurring in the lumbar, or lower spine, can cause pain, tingling, and numbness that radiates from the back to the buttocks, hips, legs, and feet. The lumbar region bears the most weight of any other part of the spine, so that area is where slipped discs most frequently occur. On the other hand, a person with a herniated disc in the cervical spine, or neck region, may feel slipped disc symptoms in the neck, shoulders, arms and hands..
The term “slipped disc" does not mean the disc has shifted out of place in any way; rather, it refers to a disc that has split or ruptured. That’s why slipped discs are more properly called herniated discs, ruptured discs, or torn discs.
Slipped discs can occur naturally as intervertebral discs and surrounding bone structures deteriorate with age, or they can be a result of an injury from improper lifting or poor body mechanics. Rarely does a sudden trauma, such as a fall or automobile accident, cause a herniated disc.
Certain activities put you at greater risk of suffering a slipped disc. Smoking and carrying excess body weight can increase your chances of disc damage. Also, people with physically demanding jobs that require repetitive lifting, bending, and twisting, or prolonged sitting and standing in the same position, may be at greater risk.
Slipped Disc Pain Relief
Minimal Invasive Slipped Disc Procedures
If you have been diagnosed with a slipped disc, your doctor will likely prescribe conservative treatments such as rest, pain medication, or activity modification. Most people start to experience improved symptoms in just a few months of slipped disc treatment. However, for those patients with severe, limiting pain that continues even after treatment, slipped disc surgery may be advised. We offer minimally invasive procedures that are tremendously successful at alleviating the symptoms of a slipped disc, and with a much quicker recovery time than traditional open back slipped disc surgery.