Herniated Disc Doctor in New York

What is a herniated disc?

A herniated disc is a spinal condition that happens when one of the flexible cushions that are found between the bones in your back pushes out of its normal place. A similar condition called a ruptured disc, occurs when the disc leaks some of its inner fluid out. With either of these conditions, the disc pushes outside of its normal space and often puts pressure on nearby nerves. This causes chronic back pain and must be treated by a certified spine doctor. At Specialty Orthopaedics, we treat all kinds of neck and spine conditions, including herniated discs.

What causes a herniated disc?

Your spinal discs become weaker over time due to the natural aging process, which makes them more susceptible to damage. Anyone could experience a spinal disc herniation as they get older. However, there are some additional factors that contribute to your spinal discs weakening, which could lead to a herniation earlier in life. These include:

  • Injuries
  • Smoking
  • Being overweight
  • Lifting heavy objects

What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?

If you experience any of the following herniated disc symptoms, speak with one of our providers who can help you determine whether you’re suffering from a herniated disc:

  • Back pain
  • Burning sensation in the spinal area
  • Tingling or numbness in your back or legs, known as sciatica
  • Bladder control problems
  • Weakness in your legs

How is a herniated disc diagnosed?

Our physicians are committed to educating our patients about their conditions and the treatments used to manage their conditions. During your evaluation, we talk with you about all of your symptoms and concerns and then explain to you the possible conditions causing your back pain. We will likely conduct one of the following imaging tests before making a final diagnosis and suggesting treatment options:

  • X-rays
  • CT scans
  • MRI scans

We may also conduct a nerve test, which shows us how your nerves are responding and exactly where your disc herniation has happened.

How is a herniated disc treated?

At Specialty Orthopaedics, we make every effort to treat and manage your condition using conservative options when possible. These might include:

  • Rest
  • Ice or heat therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Exercise therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Pain medications

When conservative options do not heal your condition, or in severe cases, we may recommend discectomy fusion surgery to restore your back function.

If you are experiencing symptoms of a herniated disc, visit Specialty Orthopaedics. Our New York orthopedic practice is home to a team of fellowship-trained orthopedists in a variety of orthopedic specialty areas. We offer comprehensive treatment for musculoskeletal disorders in a caring and responsive clinical atmosphere. Give us a call at 914.686.0111 or fill out the form on this page to schedule your appointment today.

Dr. Brotea

Dr. Cristian Brotea

Spine & Scoliosis Specialist

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