A herniated disc is a condition caused by a damaged disc in the spine that is placing pressure to the surrounding nerves. These discs separate the vertebrae, the small bones that make up the spine, to prevent bone-to-bone rubbing and to stabilize the structure of spine. When the outer, fibrous portion of the disc is weakened and loses elasticity, the inner jelly-like center of the disc pushes through the outer layer and presses on the nerve root, resulting in pain and discomfort.
Your doctor at South Florida Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine will be able to diagnose and treat the symptoms of a herniated disc. Both conservative and surgical treatment options are successful at treated this condition.
A herniated disc is a common result of degenerative disc disease, which is age-related wear and tear of the discs occurring overtime.
In some cases, patients experience pain, trouble moving the spine and numbness in the arms or legs. The pressure placed on the nerve root may cause muscles spasms or shooting pain.
A majority of patients experience significant pain relief and restored mobility following treatment for a herniated disc.