Many people who suffer from a disc herniation have been made to feel hopeless. They have been told that there is little that can be done to correct the problem and are sent home feeling overwhelmed and in agony.

Often times, when you see your primary care doctor or a specialist for a herniated disc problem, you are told that you have two options: harmful prescription medications that can be addictive and effect your mood, or highly complicated and costly surgeries, that frankly, may or may not work.

If you have felt that your options are limited and that you just have to “suffer” and “push through” the pain, we are here to tell you that this just isn’t true.

At Advanced Pain Solutions in Redmond Oregon, we offer conservative, non-surgical, and medication free treatments to help reduce your pain and help your body to function at its optimal level.

Herniated Disc

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Herniated Disc

What Is A Herniated Disc?

A herniated disc is often referred to as a bulging disc, slipped disc, or ruptured disc.  The disc is the rubbery cushion in between the vertebrae of your spine and allows you to move, twist, and bend.

Your discs are made up of a soft, jelly-like center called the nucleus, which is surrounded by a tough rubbery exterior call the annulus. A herniation occurs when the soft center part of the disc pushes out through the rubbery outside portion.

This herniation can then lead to nerve compression or spinal cord compression. Thus, resulting in pain and dysfunction.

What Causes A Herniated Disc?

Disc issues are surprisingly common and occurs most frequently in the low back (lumbar spine). Herniations can also occur in the neck (cervical spine) or thoracic spine.  One of the most common causes of a herniated disc is disc degeneration and injury. As you age, it is common for discs to become dehydrated and weak, making a herniation more likely. There are many other factors that may lead to disc herniation, some of which include the following:

  • Trauma injury or accident
  • Strenuous work
  • Smoking
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Lifting or moving with poor posture
  • Prolonged sitting
  • Excessive and repetitive bending and twisting

There are many things you can do to help to maintain healthy discs and prevent disc herniation, some of which include:

  • Regular stretching
  • Exercise and physical activity
  • Sleeping on a firm bed
  • Good posture
  • Proper lifting techniques
  • Healthy diet
  • Proper hydration

What Are The Symptoms Of A Disc Herniation?

Disc herniations are surprisingly common. In a 2015 study conducted by the American Journal of Neuroradiology, nearly one-third of all participants that were 20 years of age had a disc bulge. Furthermore, the study showed that disc bulge prevalence continuous to increase with age. Disc herniation is a worsening of a disc bulge.

Despite this prevalence, not everyone with a herniated disc suffers from pain. The pain that is often associated with a disc herniation results when that herniated disc causes nerve compression and/or when the body creates an inflammatory response in its efforts to heal the disc.

The following symptoms often occur with disc herniation:

  • Low back pain or neck pain
  • Radiating pain that may include burning, tingling, or numbing sensations into the legs, feet, and toes
  • Radiating pain that may include burning, tingling, or numbing sensations into the arms, hands, or fingers
  • Muscle weakness in the arms, hands, or fingers
  • Muscle weakness in the legs, feet, or toes
  • Difficulty standing or walking
  • Pain near or between the shoulder blades
  • Pain at the sides or back of the neck
  • Loss of bladder and bowel control

Can A Lumbar Herniated Disc Cause Sciatica?

Herniated discs are a leading cause of sciatic pain.

Sciatic pain occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed. A bulging or herniated disc in the low back can result in a compressed sciatic nerve resulting in sciatic pain, also known as sciatica.

Sciatic pain is characterized by a radiating pain that generally starts in the buttocks and extends down the leg, sometimes as far down as the foot.

To learn more about sciatic pain and how Advanced Pain Solutions can help, click here

How Is A Herniated Disc Treated?

Due to the innate healing ability of your body, a disc herniation does have the ability to heal on its own and reabsorb. If your disc herniation pain does not resolve with rest after a couple of weeks, it may be time consider conservative care from a medical professional.

If left untreated pain from a disc herniation can get worse, leading to chronic pain, loss or impaired nerve function, and secondary conditions such as other posture related musculoskeletal pain, weight gain, and depression.

At Advanced Pain Solutions, we offer the care you have been looking for. Our protocols are designed to assist your body in healing your discs naturally so you can get on with your life.

We have seen many patients who have struggled from long term opioid use or corticosteroids. We have also seen first-hand the disappointing outcomes of surgeries such as a discectomy, laminectomy, or spinal fusion.

We do not want you to suffer. Our goal at Advanced Pain Solutions is to help those in the Central Oregon community to get back to a pain free life as quickly as possible without the use of harmful drugs are surgeries.

In our Redmond Oregon physical medicine clinic, our medical team will complete a comprehensive exam and diagnosis in order to create an individualized treatment plan designed to heal your herniated disc.

Treatment methods may include:

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