Many patients who suffer with back and leg pain come to see our specialists needing treatment for herniated disc. Your spinal column is made up of bones (vertebrae) that are cushioned by small discs consisting of a tough outer layer (annulus) and a soft, jelly-like inner layer (nucleus). These discs act as shock absorbers, protecting the spine and nerves from the stress of everyday tasks – as well as strenuous work such as heavy lifting. When a disc “herniates,” a tear or weakness in the annulus allows the jelly-like nucleus to push out into the spinal canal. If it puts pressure on a spinal nerve, the herniated disc in the back can cause pain, numbness or weakness in the back or legs– depending on where the disc is located. Herniated discs are most common in the lower spine or back, but about 10% occur in the neck.
SYMPTOMS of a Herniated Disc in the Back
- Sciatica – a radiating, aching pain, sometimes with tingling and numbness, that starts in the buttock and can extend down the back of one or both legs. Pain, numbness or weakness can occur anywhere within the hips, legs or feet.
- Pain, numbness or weakness in the lower back and one leg.
- Lower back pain that worsens when you sit, cough or sneeze.
The MISI Approach to Herniated Disc Treatment for the back
Our goal is to treat our patients with conservative methods first. If conservative treatment options fail, herniated disc treatment may involve minimally invasive spine surgery. Our specialists utilize minimally invasive surgical techniques to gain access and treat the affected herniated disc without the trauma of traditional open back surgery which involves the cutting of back muscles. With our treatment for herniated disc, you can heal and get back to life as quickly as possible.
Are You Suffering from a Herniated Disc in the back?
If you are experiencing back pain that has lasted longer than a few months or any of the symptoms mentioned above, please contact MISI to schedule a consultation with a specialist to discuss your options.
Dr. Bryce Benbow has either authored or reviewed and approved this content.