One of the more frequent causes of back and neck pain is a slipped or herniated disc. If pain and other symptoms of a slipped disc trouble you, the skilled team at Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine can help. At locations in Englewood, Jersey City, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Bayonne, New Jersey, as well as the Castleton Corners area of Staten Island in New York City, they provide effective treatments for slipped discs. To benefit from their experience, call the Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine office nearest you or book an appointment online today.
The term “slipped disc” is a popular name for disc herniation – damage to one of the intervertebral discs in your spine.
Damage to the disc means that it's either bulging against the outer shell or has broken open, resulting in a loss of the fluid inside. This fluid loss limits the disc's ability to act as a cushion and absorb shock in the way it's supposed to.
A slipped disc could occur suddenly if you suffer an injury or develop gradually over time. Deterioration in your discs that happens with age (degenerative disc disease) is the most common underlying cause.
As you get older, the discs lose their moisture content and start to harden and flatten. Weak areas develop in the outer shell, and the soft core of the disc can bulge against them. The outer layer may then tear slowly to create a slipped disc or rupture suddenly during physical activity.
Symptoms that a slipped disc can cause vary to a degree depending on where the disc is in your spine. Possible symptoms include:
Sciatica – shooting pain that radiates along your leg through your buttocks – is another common symptom.
Treatment for a slipped disc usually begins with non-surgical approaches, including medication, physical therapies, activity modification, and various types of spinal injections.
However, if your condition doesn't improve using these methods or advanced interventions like radiofrequency ablation, surgery might be necessary.
You might need spinal fusion surgery if you have painful, disabling problems like radiculopathy (nerve compression) due to a slipped disc.
Fusion surgery involves removing the damaged disc (discectomy) and inserting a cage and bone graft into the space. The bone graft triggers new bone growth that joins the two vertebrae and stabilizes your spine.
Other surgical options for a severe slipped disc include microdiscectomy (removal of the damaged portion of the disc) and artificial disc replacement.
For expert treatment of a slipped disc, call Total Orthopedics Spine and Sports Medicine today or book an appointment online.