NJ Spine and Wellness specializes in conservative as well as innovative treatments to provide pain and back relief. We treat spinal disc injuries so you can Get Better Faster.

The discs in your spine serve a critical function — to cushion and protect your vertebrae, absorbing the shocks they incur by daily activities like walking, lifting, twisting, and more. Each disc consists of two components; a tough outer ring and a soft, gelatinous inner portion. When the body is injured or weak, it can cause the inner part of the disc to protrude through the outer ring, resulting in what’s known as a slipped, herniated, or prolapsed disc.

Although a herniated or slipped disc can cause discomfort and pain as well as numbness, the specialist at NJ Spine and Wellness can help. Our team of doctors provides cutting-edge treatments for spinal disc injuries across New Jersey, including:

Symptoms of a Herniated Disc

You can have a slipped or bulging disc nearly anywhere in your spine, including your lower neck to your lower back. Symptoms of a bulging or herniated disc include:

  • Numbness and pain, typically on one side of the body
  • Worsening pain after sitting or standing
  • Pain when walking short distances
  • Pain that extends to arms or legs
  • Worsening pain at night
  • Tingling, burning, or aching sensations in the area

If you experience any of these symptoms, it may be a sign that you have spinal disc injury and require treatment. If so, reach out to NJ Spine and Wellness to schedule a consultation.

What if Conservative Slipped Disc Treatment Isn’t Working?

It’s important to remember that the ultimate goal of treating a slipped disc is to reduce the pain and restore movement to the area. Many times, we are able to successfully treat a herniated disc through the nonsurgical treatments listed above. If conservative treatments can’t adequately address the pain and underlying issue of your slipped disc, then surgery may be necessary.

How Do I Get Relief for My Herniated Disc?

The first thing your doctor will do is ensure you have a slipped disc, which can be confirmed through either a physical examination or by an imaging test, such as an X-ray, MRI, or CT scan. Once a spinal disc injury is confirmed, relief options can be discussed with your team of doctors at NJ Spine and Wellness. Herniated discs are typically treated with a combination of medications — like muscle relaxers, over-the-counter pain relief medications, and even cortisone injections.

What Are the Options to Repair My Herniated Disc?

If your herniated disc isn’t responding to conservative treatment, it may be time to consider surgery to repair it, relieve your pain, and restore movement. When it comes to herniated disc surgery, there are a few options. In some cases, a patient may require a combination of treatments.

Laminotomy/laminectomy: In this procedure, a surgeon will make an opening in the lamina (vertebral arch) to relieve pressure on the nerve’s roots. The lamina may also be completely removed in certain instances; this is known as a laminectomy.

Discectomy/microdiscectomy: In this type of surgery, the portion of the herniated disc that is causing pressure on the nerve is removed; in some cases, the entire disc is removed.

Artificial disc replacement surgery: This surgery removes the damaged disc and replaces it with an artificial one made from plastic and metal.

Spinal fusion: Two or more vertebrae are permanently fused together in this procedure. It can involve plastic or metal screws and rods to provide extra support. We even offer the state-of-the-art Awake Spinal Fusion procedure, which requires no general anesthesia, is minimally invasive, causes less pain, and allows for faster recovery times.

At NJ Spine and Wellness, we understand that your disc issue is wholly unique to you, and we will design a personalized plan that addresses your specific needs and situation. We even help golfers with herniated discs get their swing back. In fact, we’re Titleist Performance Institute (TPI)-certified, meaning our cutting-edge treatments for golfers’ herniated discs are backed by the world’s leading educational organization dedicated to the study of how the human body functions in relation to the golf swing.

Contact Us Today for More Information

At NJ Spine and Wellness, our team of doctors is committed to answering any questions you have about your condition to give you the peace of mind you deserve. For more information on our disc injury treatments or to schedule a consultation at one of our locations in East Brunswick, Freehold, Matawan, or Old Bridge, NJ, contact us today.