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 Minimally Invasive Spine Institute we treat a number of these symptoms every day. Some of the most common herniated disc symptoms we see and treat include:
- 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.
The MISI Approach to treating Herniated Discs
At the Minimally Invasive 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.
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 Minimally Invasive Spine Institute.
Dr. Bryce Benbow has either authored or reviewed and approved this content.