Herniated Disc in San Antonio, TX

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About Herniated Discs

In between the vertebrae of the spine are discs that act as cushions and offer support and mobility for your spine. Located in the disc is a jelly-like center known as the nucleus, and a herniated disc develops when part of the nucleus protrudes out from the disc. Though the disc does not move out of its normal position, the extra pressure put on the disc can force a fragment of the nucleus out, causing the outer layer of the disc to rupture. Our team of pain management experts at Tricity Pain Associates offers advanced treatments for herniated discs in order to alleviate pain and restore mobility. Contact our innovative San Antonio, TX facility to learn more and to schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced, certified physicians.

Herniated Disc Treatment

A variety of minimally invasive treatments can effectively treat chronic pain associated with herniated discs. In most cases, more conservative forms of treatment will be implemented first, such as physical therapy or anti-inflammatory medication. If the pain persists, then other forms of treatment may be recommended, including steroid injections. Surgical procedures may be the best option for severe cases or when less invasive treatments prove to be ineffective.

At Tricity Pain Associates, we create effective treatment plans to help diminish the pain associated with herniated discs. Learn more by contacting our San Antonio location to schedule a consultation.

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Can a herniated disc heal on its own?

A minor herniated disc can often heal on its own if you engage in light rehabilitation exercise and stretching. If your herniated disc is more severe, you may need to talk to your doctor about surgical options like a microdiscectomy to address the problem.

How painful is a herniated disc?

Pain associated with a herniated disc can vary for each person experiencing it. Some may have intense, debilitating pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the arms and legs – especially if the herniated disc is pressing on a nerve. Some people may experience little to no symptoms at all. If you are experiencing any pain or numbness and think you may have a herniated disc, you should always get an examination by a medical professional.

How do you fix a herniated disc?

Depending on the severity of a herniated disc, there are several treatment and management options, including:

  • Physical therapy (exercise, gentle stretching)
  • Chiropractic manipulation
  • NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
  • Epidural injections
  • Lumbar decompression surgery (microdiscectomy) – for more serious herniated discs

What activities should I avoid with a herniated disc?

If you have a herniated disc, you should avoid any activities that involve lifting, bending, or twisting. Other activities you should avoid include:

  • Sitting for prolonged periods
  • Heavy, strenuous exercise (especially weightlifting)
  • Vacuuming
  • Shoveling
  • Throwing

What is the best exercise for a herniated disc?

Any gentle exercise and stretching are good to help heal your herniated disc. These include yoga, walking, swimming, cycling, and back flexion stretches. You want to start slowly and ease into any stretching motion, allowing your muscles to release.

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