Herniated discs often develop in your lumbar (lower) or cervical (neck) spine and cause a variety of painful and disruptive symptoms. The team at Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers in The Woodlands, Sugar Land, and Houston, Texas, diagnoses herniated discs and offers personalized treatment plans to heal your spine and alleviate your pain. Call Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers or make an appointment online today.
You have small cushioning discs between each of the vertebrae in your spine. Your spinal discs have a gel-like interior that’s surrounded by a tough, rubbery shell. These discs absorb shock and help your spine twist and bend.
However, as you age, your spinal discs become drier and less flexible, which makes them vulnerable to injuries. Disc herniation happens when the outer shell is weakened or torn, and the gel interior bulges out.
It’s possible to have a herniated disc, but not have any symptoms. However, there is very little extra space in your spinal column, and depending on the location of your bulging disc, you might experience nerve compression.
Nerve compression due to a herniated disc causes symptoms that include:
Your pain and other symptoms might be more intense at night or with specific movements that exacerbate the nerve compression. You might also feel like your pain is worse when you sit or stand for a long time or after walking.
The symptoms of disc herniation are relatively unique, and your provider at Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers can usually identify your condition by your description of your symptoms. Nonetheless, they complete physical exams that might include some gentle stretches to confirm your diagnosis.
Your provider might also order X-rays or MRIs to pinpoint the location of your herniated disc and identify any other issues that could contribute to your symptoms.
The team at Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers provide customized treatment plans to address your specific needs. Your program could include:
If your pain and other symptoms don’t subside within six weeks of treatment, the team can refer you to a trusted orthopedic surgeon to find out if surgery is necessary to heal your spine.
Call Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers or make an appointment online today for expert assessments and treatments for herniated discs.