Herniated Disc Specialists

NJ Spine and Wellness -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

NJ Spine and Wellness

Orthopedic, Pain Management & Sports Medicine Multi-Specialty Group located in East Brunswick, Freehold, Matawan & Old Bridge, NJ

When a herniated disc compresses a nerve in your spine, you may experience pain that travels to your legs or arms. With the right care, you can get relief from your herniated disc symptoms. The highly skilled team at NJ Spine and Wellness in Matawan, East Brunswick, Freehold, and Old Bridge, New Jersey, takes a multidisciplinary approach to care. They offer innovative treatments for your herniated disc, so you get better faster. Call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online today.

Herniated Disc Q & A

What is a Herniated Disc?

Your spine has 24 individual bones (vertebrae). Intervertebral discs separate each of your vertebrae to support mobility and act as shock absorbers. These cushion-like discs have a tough fibrous exterior that surrounds and protects a soft gel-like center. 

Though many use the terms herniated disc and bulging disc interchangeably, they are two distinct conditions. 

A bulging disc describes an intervertebral disc that protrudes from its proper place in your spine and presses on a nerve, but there’s no tear in the tough exterior. 

With a herniated disc, you have a tear or rupture in your disc’s tough exterior that allows the gel-like center of the disc to spill out into your spinal canal.  

Herniated and bulging discs may occur in any part of your spine but are more common in the lumbar (lower back) and cervical spine (neck).

What are Herniated Disc Symptoms?

Herniated disc symptoms vary and depend on the location and severity of your herniation. It’s possible to have a herniated disc and not have symptoms, especially if the disc isn’t compressing a nerve.

When you have a pinched nerve (compressed nerve) from your herniated disc, you may experience pain radiating along the nerve path. Your pinched nerve may also cause tingling or numbness, as well as muscle weakness.

What Happens During a Herniated Disc Consultation?

When you see the experts at NJ Spine and Wellness for a herniated disc consultation, you can expect a comprehensive evaluation focused on finding and treating your herniated disc, so you can get better faster.

During your consultation, your provider asks detailed questions about your symptoms, including the type of pain you feel and the activities that exacerbate the discomfort. 

They also review your medical history and ask questions about your diet, daily routine, and exercise habits to fully understand your overall health and wellness and conduct a physical. 

To confirm or rule out a herniated disc, your provider may request various tests, such as:

  • Blood work
  • X-rays
  • MRI
  • CT scan
  • Electromyography

Your provider uses the information gathered during your evaluation to develop the best treatment plan. 

How is a Herniated Disc Treated?

The team at NJ Spine and Wellness takes a multidisciplinary approach to care. They work closely with you to develop a conservative treatment plan that provides the relief you need without being too disruptive to your daily life. 

Some of the treatment options for your herniated disc include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Activity modification
  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • Acupuncture
  • Steroid injections
  • Epidural injections
  • DRX9000® spinal decompression machine

If conservative measures fail to provide relief from your herniated disc symptoms, the experts at NJ Spine and Wellness may recommend surgery. 

With the right treatment plan, you can get relief from your herniated disc fast with the experts at NJ Spine and Wellness. Call the office or book an appointment online today.