Herniated Disc Treatment in Southern California
A herniated (slipped) disk occurs when all or part of a disk is forced through a weakened part of the disk. This may place pressure on nearby nerves or the spinal cord.
Cause of herniated disc:
- Slipped or broken disc from injury or strain – This often causes pressure on the spinal nerves, leading to pain, numbness, weakness, or loss of reflexes.
- The lower back (lumbar)of the spine is the most common area for a slipped disk. The neck (cervical) disks are sometimes affected. The upper-to-mid-back (thoracic) rarely suffer from herniated disc.
With a herniated disc in your neck, you may have pain, numbness or weakness when moving your neck, near or over the shoulder blade. Pain can radiate to the arm, hand and the fingers.
Pain may progress slowly, but may worsen as you walk, stand, sit, bend, sneeze, cough or laugh.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – MRI shows the soft tissues of the body and gives clearer picture of the discs, nerves and soft tissues in the lower back.
- Computerized Tomography (CT Scan)with Myelogram- Combined CT scan and myleography produces image that clearly show both the bone structures of the spine and the nerve structures
- Pain and anti-inflammatory medications
- Epidural steroid injection
- Hot and cold compress
- Physical therapy
Minimally Invasive Surgical Treatments
- Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)- Spinal fusion is a procedure that “welds” two vertebrae of the spine together to create one solid bone and relieve chronic pain. The anterior approach for the lumbar fusion is through the front of the body– the abdomen– and is considered to be far more ideal than the traditional posterior approach, or through the back. Read more about ALIF.
- Posterior Cervical and Lumbar Microdiscectomy (Microdecompression) – Microdiscectomy, also known as microdecompression, is one of the most commonly performed minimally invasive spine procedures. Beneficial for those with damaged discs at either the cervical or lumbar level, microdiscectomy effectively removes the pressure off the spinal nerves, relieving chronic neck and back pain without the recovery and rehabilitation time required with traditional, open discectomy spine surgery. Read more about Microdecompression.
- Cervical and Lumbar Spine Arthroplasty – Spine arthroplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that involves the placement of an artificial disc after the removal of a damaged disc. Read more about Cervical and Lumbar Spine Arthroplasty.