Herniated Disk Kennewick
What is a Herniated Disc?
A herniated disk most often occurs in your lower back. It is one of the most common causes of low back pain, as well as leg pain (sciatica). Also called: Bulging disk, Compressed disk, Herniated intervertebral disk, Herniated nucleus pulposus, Prolapsed disk, Ruptured disk or Slipped disk.
Between your vertebrae bones are flexible intervertebral disks that act as shock absorbers during physical activity. Intervertebral disks are round and flat and about a half inch thick. The intervertebral disks are made up of two components. Annulus fibrosus, is the tough flexible outer ring of the disk. The Nucleus Pulposus is the soft, jelly-like center of the disk.
When a disk begins to herniate, the Nucleus Pulposus (soft inside) pushes against its outer ring due to wear and tear or a sudden injury. This pressure or bulge against the outer ring (Annulus fibrosus) may cause lower back pain.
Herniated Disc Symptoms
Symptoms can vary greatly depending on the size of the herniation and the position of the herniated disc. You may experience a low backache or no pain at all if the herniated disc is not pressing on a nerve. If it is pressing on a nerve, there may be pain, numbness or weakness in the area of the body to which the nerve travels. In most cases a herniated disc is preceded by an episode of low back pain or a long history of intermittent episodes of low back pain.
If the disk is very worn or injured, the jelly-like center may squeeze all the way through. Once the nucleus breaks or herniates through the outer ring, pain in the lower back may improve. However, sciatic leg pain may increases. This is because the jelly-like material inflames the spinal nerves. It may also put pressure on sensitive spinal nerves, causing pain, numbness, or weakness in one or both legs.
Treatment for a herniated disk Kennewick, Richland and Pasco Washington.
In the majority of cases, herniated discs do not require surgery. The initial treatment for a herniated disc usually is conservative and nonsurgical. (Your doctor may prescribe bed rest or advise you to maintain a low, painless activity level for a few days to several weeks. This helps the spinal nerve inflammation to decrease. If you suspect a herniated disk contact your Doctor right away. TCO’s very own Janmeet Sahota, DO is board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and is fellowship trained in Spine Surgery. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment (surgical and nonsurgical) of spinal disorders such as scoliosis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, herniated discs, stenosis.
JANMEET SAHOTA, DO
Board Certified & Fellowship Trained Spinal Surgeon
Tri-Cities – Richland, Kennewick and Pasco Washington