Disc Problems: Herniated Disc, Bulging Disc, Slipped Disc — Herniated Disc Dr’s at Coastal Neurosurgery & Spine

Disc Problems

If you're requiring a herniated disc doctor, we can help. The team at Coastal Neurosurgery & Spine are industry leaders in comprehensive treatment for all types of disc problems including herniated disc, bulging disc, slipped disc and ruptured disc using nonsurgical, robotic minimal surgical and surgical intervention.

When one or more discs seep fluid, shrink due to loss of fluid or are no longer centered properly between discs, you may require Coastal herniated disc treatment.

Commonly located in the lower spine, a herniated disc protrudes beyond vertebrae and irritates sensitive nerve endings by pressing against them. Nerve compression caused by a herniated disc produces tingling, painful sensations in the lower back, buttocks and legs. Unless treated, herniated discs will continue to compress nerves more forcefully. You may feel shooting, intense pain in your thighs, calves, buttocks and even your feet without getting treated at Coastal. Occasionally, herniated discs in the neck area will generate the same type of shooting pain in your arms and shoulders.

Any type of chronic back pain that fails to respond to traditional treatment should always be evaluated by a Coastal herniated disc doctor. A herniated disc could rupture and require surgery. To diagnose a herniated disc, doctors rely on a patient's description of symptoms and, in some cases, magnetic resonance imaging scans (MRIs) to determine the exact location and condition of a herniated disc.

Herniated Disc Treatment in the Panhandle

Our Physicians provide a range of treatment options for herniated discs. Conservative treatments for ruptured and herniated discs involve adjustments, physical therapy and massage therapy unless surgery is indicated. CNS is excited to offer nonsurgical therapy for certain kinds of degenerative disc diseases that can restore hydration, disc structure and function of damaged discs.

What is a Bulging Disc?

Bulging discs are discs that have developed a weakened outer "shell" area that allows the disc to bulge out from between vertebrae. Disc tissue composing the exterior of a disc prevents fluid from leaking by distributing pressure evenly.

Aging, wear and tear, improper lifting techniques or repetitive activities that put constant stress the spine (sitting for extended periods, bad posture or bending over excessively) are common causes of a bulging disc. If you need to see a provider about your bulging disc doctor, we can help!

Bulging discs are not painful until they start compressing nerves or discs are so thin in one area that vertebrae start rubbing against each other. You may not know you have a bulging disc until diagnostic imaging tests reveal the condition. An MRI employs an injectable contrast technique that indicates bulging tissue as lighter in shade compared to normal tissues. If you’re needing bulging disc treatment ion the Panhandle, contact us today!

What is Degenerative Disc Disease?

Degenerative Disc Disease is an umbrella term referring to a variety of conditions affecting vertebrae discs. Spinal Osteoarthritis is a common degenerative disc disease frequently diagnosed in adults over 55 years old. Back pain that worsens when you sit, nerve compression, bone spurs and numbness and tingling are symptoms of spinal osteoarthritis.

Spinal Stenosis is another frequently diagnosed degenerative disc disease. The spinal canal extends from the pelvis to the base of your brain. Narrowing of the spinal canal is seen in older adults and people with osteoarthritis of the spine. Nerves traveling through the spinal canal become compressed and inflamed if the canal starts irritating nerves. Herniated discs and bone spurs often quicken the development of spinal stenosis.

Treatment: Degenerative Disc Disease Surgery with Coastal

The bursae are fluid-filled sacs that act as cushions, with major bursae located near the largest joints. Bursitis in the knee is also known as goosefoot bursitis or Pes Anserine bursitis. The Pes Anserine bursa, located between the shin and hamstring tendons, often become inflamed due to tight muscles, excessive weight, and arthritis.

Minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) not only treats damaged discs without requiring a large, open incision but also significantly reduces recovery times. Using a medical tool (tubular retractor) to reach specific areas of the spine, doctors trained in MISS can see and access damaged discs through a tiny incision. MISS minimizes trauma to surrounding muscles and tissues and is widely recommended for people who have tried conservative therapies without success. Conditions treated with MISS include degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, herniated/bulging/ruptured discs and spinal instability.

Your doctor in the Panhandle at Coastal Neurosurgery & Spine may suggest spinal fusion surgery if your disc degenerative disease is severe and unresponsive to noninvasive treatments. A lumbar spinal fusion procedure "fuses" vertebrae together so they can no longer move and scrape against each other. Removal of one or more discs or bone spurs is often a part of spinal fusion surgery to reduce nerve compression and pain. Fusing vertebrae can also inhibit formation of additional bone spurs.

Degenerative disc disease surgery by CNS Dr’s is performed through a small incision made in the abdomen, back or both. Sometimes, your doctor may insert rods and screws temporarily to hold bones in place during the fusion process. An "interbody fusion" surgery involves removing discs and replacing them with a plastic or metal cage or bone graft.

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