Herniated Disc Specialist

Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Spine Surgery & Neurosurgery located in Englewood, NJ, Jersey City, NJ, West New York, NJ, Staten Island, NY, Ridgewood, NJ, & Bayonne, NJ

A herniated disc may be a recurring source of neck or back pain. The skilled team at Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine, with offices in Englewood, Jersey City, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Bayonne, New Jersey, as well as the Castleton Corners area of Staten Island in New York City, offers both medical and surgical treatment options for a herniated disc. Call the office nearest you or schedule a consultation online today.

Herniated Disc Q & A

What is a herniated disc?

A herniated disc, also known as a ruptured or slipped disc, means you have a damaged intervertebral disc. Intervertebral discs are pillow-like cushions found in-between each vertebral bone that makes up your spine. These discs act as shock absorbers and support spinal mobility. 

You may develop a herniated disc from excessive strain or an acute injury. However, your intervertebral discs degenerate as you get older, making them more susceptible to damage.

With a herniated disc, the soft gel-like center of the disc pushes through a crack in the tough exterior. You may develop a herniated disc in any part of your spine, but they most often occur in the lumbar (lower back) and cervical (neck) spine. 

What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?

Herniated disc symptoms may depend on the location and severity of the herniation and if the damaged disc irritates or compresses the spinal cord or a spinal nerve.

Common symptoms of a herniated disc include:

  • Dull neck or back pain
  • Weakness in the arms or legs
  • Tingling sensation that travels into the arms or legs
  • Electric shock-like sensations
  • Numbness or pain in the feet, ankles, fingers, or wrists
  • Poor hand grip
  • Unable to stretch or extend the toes
  • Unable to push off with the feet
  • Sciatica
  • Radiculopathy

About 10-15% of people diagnosed with a herniated disc experience a recurrence of their symptoms within three months after their initial recovery. 

What can I expect during a herniated disc consultation?

When you visit Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine for a herniated disc consultation, you can expect a patient-focused exam. The team takes the time to fully understand your ultimate goals to provide you with the best treatment options.

Your provider asks detailed questions about your symptoms, including the type and location of your pain, when it started, and the activities that worsen or alleviate your discomfort.

They perform a physical exam and run various diagnostic tests to determine the location and severity of your herniated disc.

How is a herniated disc treated?

Before making any surgical recommendations, the team maximizes all non-operative treatment options to alleviate your herniated disc symptoms. Treatment options may include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Activity modification
  • Physical therapy at the on-site, state-of-the-art facility
  • Epidural steroid injections

If non-operative treatments fail to alleviate your herniated disc symptoms, then the team may recommend surgery. Surgical options include minimally invasive discectomy, disc replacement, or spinal fusion.

For comprehensive care of a herniated disc, call Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine, or schedule a consultation using the online booking button.