Herniated Disc

One of the most common reasons people see a spine specialist is for treatment of pain in the lower back (called the lumbar spine) and one or both legs stemming from a lumbar disc herniation. Neck and arm pain can be caused by a disorder of the upper spine called a cervical disc herniation. Disc herniation’s are known by a variety of names including a slipped disc, ruptured disc or herniated disc.  Dr. Francis is a fellowship-trained, board-certified spine surgeon and has extensive experience treating pain caused by herniated discs in the spine. Spine Associates offers accurate diagnosis and advanced treatment for a variety of spinal conditions. To learn more about treatments for herniated discs, request a consultation in Houston or Beaumont. Or you can call us at 1-713-383-7100 to schedule your appointment.

Symptoms

LUMBAR DISC HERNIATION:

  • Discomfort or pain that radiates from the lower back, down one or both legs and possibly to the feet
  • Constant shooting pain that may increase when moving or sitting
  • Herniated DiscLeg weakness
  • Numbness and tingling in the leg or foot
  • Limited range of motion
  • Difficulty walking
  • Problems with bladder or bowel control, in severe cases

CERVICAL DISC HERNIATION:

  • Discomfort, shooting pain, or burning that radiates down the arm
  • Neck pain when turning the head or bending the neck
  • Pain on or near a shoulder blade
  • Weakness in the arm or hand
  • Numbness and tingling in the arm
  • Limited range of motion
  • Difficulty using the arms or hands

 

Diagnosis

Minor symptoms of herniated discs will resolve on their own over time. If symptoms are intense and continue for several weeks, or result from a sudden injury, it’s likely you need treatment. Dr. Francis is highly experienced in diagnosing herniated discs and other spinal disorders as well as providing both surgical and non-surgical care.

Treatment

Dr. Francis takes a conservative approach by recommending non-surgical treatments whenever possible. Treatment options for ruptured or herniated discs may include one or a combination of the following: