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Treatment for Chronic Spinal Pain in Rome, GA

Herniated Disc

A herniated disc is a common injury in which one of the discs in your spine protrudes from its casing, pressing into one of the nerves in the surrounding area. Herniated discs can affect any part of the spine, and they can cause severe pain and other problems in the arms or legs.

If you’re living with a herniated disc, The Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists can help you find relief for your pain and restore your body to full function. Our board-certified and fellowship-trained spine specialists offer comprehensive treatments for herniated discs, including customized physical therapy programs and minimally invasive interventions such as epidural steroid injections.

If you’re ready to find relief, The Physicians are here to help. We’ll work with you to find the right treatment plan to reduce your pain and improve your quality of life. Schedule your first appointment with us today.

Back Pain Treatment in Atlanta, GA

Treatment & Diagnosis of Herniated Discs

Herniated discs, also known as slipped discs, are a common condition that occur when the soft cushion-like material in the spinal column pushes through the outer layer. This puts pressure on the spinal nerves and can cause a variety of symptoms. Here are some of the most common symptoms of herniated discs:

  • Pain: The most common symptom of a herniated disc is pain, which can range from mild to severe. The pain may be felt in the back, neck, arms, or legs, depending on where the herniated disc is located.
  • Numbness or tingling: Herniated discs can also cause numbness or a tingling sensation in the affected area. This happens when the spinal nerves are compressed by the herniated disc.
  • Muscle weakness: In some cases, herniated discs can cause muscle weakness in the arms or legs. This can happen if the spinal nerves that control those muscles are affected by the herniation.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it's important to see a doctor for an accurate diagnosis. Treatment for herniated discs may include:

  • Rest and ice: Resting and applying ice packs to the affected area can help reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
  • Physical therapy: A physical therapist can help you learn exercises that can strengthen the muscles supporting your spine and reduce the risk of further injury.
  • Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help reduce pain and inflammation. In some cases, prescription medications may be necessary.
  • Injections: Injections of steroids or other medications can be given directly into the area surrounding the herniated disc to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
  • Surgery: In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the herniated disc and relieve pressure on the spinal nerves.

If you think you may have a herniated disc, it's important to seek medical attention as soon as possible to prevent further damage and ensure proper treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes herniated discs?

Herniated discs can be caused by a number of factors, including aging, work-related activities that involve heavy lifting or repetitive bending, and a sedentary lifestyle. In some cases, traumatic injury can also cause a herniated disc.

Are there any lifestyle factors that can prevent herniated discs?

Yes, there are several things you can do to reduce your risk of developing a herniated disc. Maintaining a healthy weight, practicing good posture, exercising regularly (especially exercises that strengthen the muscles supporting your spine), and avoiding activities that put excessive strain on your back can all help reduce your risk.

Do you accept insurance for herniated disc treatment?

Yes! The Physicians believe that leading-edge care for chronic back pain should be accessible to everyone who needs it, and we’re proud to accept insurance from providers across the Atlanta area. Visit our Insurance page to see our list of accepted providers.

How can I get started with the best chronic pain specialist near me?

If you’re ready to find relief from spinal pain, The Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists are here to consult with you, answer your questions, and get you started on the road to relief. Schedule your appointment today using our easy online tool.