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Herniated Disc

Herniated or Ruptured Disc

The human spine is made up of a number of elements, including intervertebral discs that serve to cushion the vertebral bones. As we age, these intervertebral discs often decrease in size, which can cause an increased amount of pressure to be placed on the outer walls of the disc. This can cause the walls to herniate or tear, allowing the disc’s nucleus to seep into the surrounding areas of the spinal column. This herniated nucleus material can irritate and compress nearby nerves causing painful symptoms.

What Causes Herniated Discs?

Herniated discs are often caused by a number of external circumstances. The most common cause of herniated discs is aging and natural degeneration, as stated above. However, in some cases herniated discs are caused by trauma, stress or injury to the spine. Because intervertebral discs serve to cushion the vertebrae, any event that causes these elements to forcefully push together may result in bulging or herniation of the intervertebral discs.

Herniated Disc Symptoms

In some cases living with herniated discs means suffering through a number of debilitating symptoms. At the DFW Spine Institute we treat a number of these symptoms every day. Some of the most common herniated disc symptoms we see and treat include:

  • Weakness
  • Tingling in hands or feet
  • Numbness in extremities
  • Localized pain in neck or back
  • Radiating pain down arms or legs
  • Inability to sit or stand for long periods of time

Herniated discs are most commonly seen in two areas, the back and the neck.

Herniated cervical disc

can cause chronic or severe symptoms into the arms and hands. Generally, herniated discs may cause weakness, tingling, numbness and radiating pain in the hands or arms.

Herniated lumbar disc

can cause patients to experience lower back pain or pain in the legs or feet. This is commonly seen in numbness, weakness, tingling and radiating pain in the legs or feet.

The DFW Spine Institute Approach to treating Herniated Discs

At the DFW Spine Institute , we know that choosing a surgical option to treat your herniated discs and chronic associated symptoms is not easy, which is why we are dedicated to educating our patients and always recommending the pursuit of conservative treatments prior to exploring surgical solutions. In the event that these conservative options for treating herniated discs fail to bring about relief, we offer safe and effective minimally invasive surgery to treat herniated discs.

Contact Us

If you are suffering from a herniated disc, don’t hesitate to contact us today. Our skilled professionals can assist you with scheduling a consult or walking you through a no cost review of your most recent MRI or CT scan to see if you may be a candidate for a minimally invasive procedure at the DFW Spine Institute .