Herniated Disc

Performance Pain and Sports Medicine -  - Interventional Pain Management

Performance Pain and Sports Medicine

Interventional Pain Management Specialists & Anti-Aging & Regenerative Medicine located in Lawrenceville, NJ, & Houston, TX

Are you suffering from debilitating back or neck pain caused by a herniated disc? You're not alone. Our dedicated team of pain management specialists understand the physical and emotional toll a herniated disc can have on your life. We're here to help you find relief and regain your quality of life.

Our state-of-the-art facility is equipped with the latest technology and techniques to effectively diagnose and treat herniated disc pain. From minimally invasive procedures to physical therapy and medication management, our team of experts will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that's right for you.

Don't let a herniated disc control your life any longer. Take the first step towards relief and schedule an appointment with us today. Together, we'll find a solution that allows you to live your best life.

We understand that in addition to the physical pain, herniated discs can also take an emotional toll on you, leaving you feeling hopeless and helpless. Our team is here to support you every step of the way, and we are dedicated to helping you find the relief you need and deserve.

Don't let herniated disc pain control your life. Contact us today and let us help you get back to the things you love.

Herniated Disc Q & A

What is a herniated disc?

Discs are circular pads of shock-absorbing tissue that sit between the vertebrae of your spine. If the tougher outer layer of the disc gets damaged, the soft core can bulge or protrude (herniate) into your spinal canal.

Herniated discs are one of the most common causes of back pain, both chronic and acute. Pain develops not because of the protruding disc, but because of the nerves it presses on.

What symptoms does a herniated disc cause?

Many people have a bulging or herniated disc without experiencing pain because the disc isn't pressing on any of the nerves. If there is nerve compression, a herniated disc can cause sensations like tingling, prickling, burning, or numbness as well as pain.

Most herniated discs occur in your cervical spine (neck) or lumbar spine (lower back). A herniated cervical disc can cause symptoms in your shoulders, chest, arms, and hands as well as your neck, while a herniated lumbar disc can cause symptoms in your hips, legs, and buttocks.

What causes a herniated disc?

There are two main ways that a herniated disc can develop. One is an acute injury where your back comes under such pressure that the disc ruptures. More commonly, degenerative disc disease results in flatter, weaker discs that are prone to damage.

Discs affected by degenerative disc disease are more likely to develop weak spots in the outer casing, allowing the inner core to protrude. This happens gradually, but you might experience sudden, severe pain when the bulging disc makes contact with a spinal nerve.

How is a herniated disc treated?

The Performance Pain and Sports Medicine team has considerable expertise in treating herniated discs. In most cases, the best treatments are the less invasive options, such as:

  • Pain medications
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Physical therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Regenerative medicine

A program containing some or all of these treatments is likely to resolve your herniated disc pain and other symptoms. However, the Performance Pain and Sports Medicine team also offers advanced treatment methods when pain persists despite trying conservative methods.

What advanced herniated disc treatments are available?

Advanced herniated disc treatments available at Performance Pain and Sports Medicine include:

  • Fluoroscopy-guided epidural steroid injections
  • Disc biacuplasty using COOLIEF® water-cooled radiofrequency ablation
  • Percutaneous disc decompression using the Dekompressor® disc removal system
  • Endoscopic spine procedures using joimax® technology

If your pain still doesn't improve, implantable pain management devices are available, including spinal cord and peripheral nerve stimulators and intrathecal pain pumps from leading medical suppliers like Stimwave and Medtronic.

If you need treatment for a herniated disc or other cause of chronic back pain, call Performance Pain and Sports Medicine today. You get the amount of one-on-one time you need with your doctor, and email access to stay in touch.