What is a Disc Herniation?

A disc herniation is sometimes referred to as a "slipped disc" or ruptured disc.  It occurs when the outer wall of the disc (annulus), tears and the soft central portion (nucleus) protrudes outside the wall and can compress the exiting nerve root.  

How will I know if I have a Herniated Disc?

Symptoms can include pain in the back and leg (lumbar) or neck and arm (cervical), along with numbness, tingling or weakness.  Causes can include activities such as bending, lifting or twisting, but may also be associated with multiple minor injuries. Occasionally, no specific cause can be identified.  

How can Fort Wayne Physical Medicine help me if I have a Herniated Disc?

Diagnosis can be made definitively with an MRI which shows bone, disc, nerve and the spinal canal.  Most herniations will improve with conservative treatment such as medications, therapy and possibly epidural injections.  Long-term outcomes with conservative treatment is comparable to surgery with regards to pain and function.


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