The orthopedic physicians at OrthoTexas, Frisco specialize in treating various conditions of the upper, middle and lower back. They use the most advanced treatment modalities to provide comprehensive care to the patients suffering from back conditons including Herniated Disc.

Herniated Disc

The spine is a complex structure made up of a series of bones, known as vertebrae, stacked on top of each other. Each of these bones is separated by soft cushions or discs which allow you to move the spine. The discs also act as shock absorbers to protect the spine from blows due to daily activities like walking, twisting and lifting weights.  

Herniated Disc is a common condition which occurs when all or part of any of these discs is forced to move out of the normal spine alignment. It is one of the most common causes of chronic leg, neck and back pain. Also known as a slipped or ruptured disc, the condition most commonly affects the lower back.

Causes Of Herniated Disc

  • Age related disc degeneration
  • Abrupt twisting movements
  • Direct blow or fall onto the back
  • Poor lifting habits
  • Inactive lifestyle
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Repetitive physical activities
  • Obesity

Symptoms Of Herniated Disc

  • Intense pain and numbness in either side of the body
  • Pain increases during night
  • Pain radiates to the arms and legs
  • Pain worsens after periods of sitting or standing
  • Pain increases after walking
  • Muscle weakness
  • Tingling and burning sensation in the back

Treatment For Herniated Disc

  • Medications: The spine surgeon in Frisco may prescribe certain non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications to help reduce pain and tenderness in the affected area.
  • Activity Modification: The patient must take complete rest for some days before gradually returning to your daily activities. Avoid lifting any weight or twisting your back for few weeks.
  • Injections: These are usually administered if the pain is acute and intolerable. Injections may help to reduce the swelling and relieve the patient of tenderness and other symptoms.
  • Physical Therapy: Performing light exercises may also help to lower pain and discomfort due to a Herniated Disc. The physical therapist may prescribe certain stretching, strengthening, flexibility and endurance training exercises to help you perform your daily chores.
  • Surgery: This is usually taken as a last resort to treat Herniated Disc. Patients who do not respond to the conservative treatment options or whose symptoms worsen gradually may need to undergo surgery.

For comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of Herniated Disc, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with the spine specialists, call at (214) 618 – 5502.