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.



  • 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


  • 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



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.


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: