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Treating Herniated Disc Pain

What is a Herniated Disc?

herniated-disc3News about herniated discs is common in the world of sports. A pro football player can be out for an entire season when a herniated disc in his back requires spine surgery. Unfortunately, you don’t have to be an athlete to experience this type of spine pain. All it takes is an impact, severe pressure or repetitive strain on your spine. The result is that one or more of the spongy cushions between the vertebrae are ruptured, or pushed through cracks in their tough exterior. When pressure builds on the nearby nerves, you feel pain and numbness in the extremities. Board-Certified Neurosurgeon Dr. Benae with North Texas Brain and Spine Specialists focuses on treating patients with spine issues including back pain and peripheral neuropathy from a herniated disc.

Symptoms of a Herniated Disc

The strange thing about a herniated disc is that it may not be detectable by obvious symptoms. Some people with this condition don’t actually have any kind of noticeable problematic symptoms. For the ones who do, however, the signs of a herniated disc are obvious. It’s always important that you seek the opinion of our spine pain specialist the moment you notice any of these types of symptoms:

  • Numbness – This occurs in the body part that is directly served by the irritated nerves.
  • Pain – Pain associated with a herniated disc can vary. If the lower back (lumbar spine) is the area affected, patients often experience more intense pain in the buttocks or lower extremities. If the point of origin is in the neck, the pain typically hovers in the arm and shoulder regions.
  • Weakness – There is a chance that surrounding muscle served by the affected nerves can also weaken, making a person unable to function normally when lifting, pulling, gripping, or walking.

Treatment Options for Herniated Disc

Our back and spine doctor is one of the most respected neurosurgeons in the area. Dr. Benae looks for the most conservative options when treating a particular spine condition. Whether your best option is surgical or non-invasive or minimally invasive spine surgery, our spine care team ensures that patients receive the treatment that best fits every individual situation. We’ll make sure that your back pain receives the care it deserves.

 

To schedule a consultation with our spine doctor for herniated disc treatment, call our office in McKinney at (972) 704-1535 or contact us online to learn more or schedule an appointment.