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What Exactly is a Herniated Disc?

As a pretty common injury, understanding what’s happening with a herniated disc is also a common concern among my patients at my back pain treatment center in NYC. Since there’s no time like the present, I figured I could satisfy those who are curious with a quick blog post on the anatomy of the disc and this particular condition.

Over the course of our lives, spinal discs that support the proper fherniated disc treatment nycunction and shock absorption of lose some of that resilience. They dry up, they degenerate, and generally don’t perform their job as well as before. That’s why, in general, the people we treat for herniated discs tend to be middle-aged and older. Of course, we do get younger people, too – especially when accidents and contact sports are involved – they just represent a smaller number of patients.

The important thing to remember is that age definitely plays a role in how susceptible a person is to disc problems like herniation.

Anyway, when a spinal disc is overloaded, pushed beyond it’s weight-bearing capacity, it will either bulge or herniate. In a herniation, the outer band of the disc, the annulus, tears allowing the inner part of the disc, the nucleus, to spill out. For some people, a herniation will cause no pain, but for others, the nucleus can press against the spinal nerves. This compression can cause excruciating pain, numbness, and even muscle weakness in time. Hopefully, that gives you an idea of just what a herniated disc is.

Okay, so what about treatment for a herniated disc? What then?

At our NYC back pain center, we put together a multidisciplinary treatment program that involves elements of spinal decompression, physical therapy, massage therapy and other non-surgical pain relief therapies to perform a potent combination to stop the pain from herniated discs. Living Well Medical has years of experience getting patients back to health and wellness with these methods. If your back is aching and you can’t take it anymore, give us a call today at 212-645-8151. We want to help you feel like your old self.

Dr. Shoshany

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