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Herniated Disk

Neuropathy and Pain Centers of Texas -  - Primary Care with a Specialty in Neuropathy & Pain Management

Neuropathy and Pain Centers of Texas

Primary Care with a Specialty in Neuropathy & Pain Management located in Fort Worth, TX & Arlington, TX

Herniated discs cause widespread discomfort that can make exercising, sitting, driving, and even walking feel unbearable. At Neuropathy and Pain Centers of Texas in Fort Worth, Arlington, Waco, and Wichita Falls, Texas, the team offers an array of nonsurgical solutions for herniated discs to relieve your pain and improve your mobility. Call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.

What is a herniated disc?

A herniated disc occurs when the soft, spongy material inside your spinal disc pushes through cracks in the outer shell. 

The spine includes 33 vertebrae that span through the neck, mid back, and low back regions. Spinal discs sit in between each vertebra. They absorb shock for the vertebrae, provide spinal stability, and allow your spine to bend, twist, and stretch. 

Each disc includes a hard casing and a soft center. When the inner part of a disc bulges out through cracks and tears, it can irritate surrounding nerves and cause chronic neck or back pain. Interventional treatment is essential to relieve pain and prevent further damage to your spine.

What are the signs of a herniated disc?

The symptoms of a herniated disc can vary depending on your age, activity level, and the severity of your condition. Common signs of herniated discs include:

  • Back or neck pain
  • Numbness and tingling in your hands or feet
  • Sciatica
  • Difficulty walking or standing
  • Muscle weakness

Herniated discs can even affect your reflexes if you have a compressed nerve.

What causes a herniated disc?

Many conditions and injuries can damage the outer shell of your spinal discs. Common causes of herniated discs include:

  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Excess weight
  • Age
  • Repetitive motions
  • Car accident pain
  • Tobacco use
  • Genetics

Without treatment, many of these underlying causes can lead to spinal fractures and intensify your symptoms.

How is a herniated disc diagnosed?

Diagnosing a herniated disc typically begins with a comprehensive physical exam. If the team suspects you have a herniated disc, they may order imaging scans, such as X-rays, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The team may also evaluate your nerve function through electromyography and nerve conduction studies.

What are the treatment options for a herniated disc?

The team at Neuropathy and Pain Centers of Texas provides individualized care for herniated discs. Depending on the severity of your condition and the extent of your symptoms, the team may recommend:

  • Prescription medication
  • M6 MLS® (multiwave locked system) robotic laser 
  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • Nonsurgical spinal decompression
  • Massage therapy
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Nutritional intravenous (IV) infusions

A herniated disc is a debilitating condition that can worsen over time. Find relief by calling Neuropathy and Pain Centers of Texas, or schedule an appointment through the online booking tool today.