At The Spine Care Center in Manassas, we understand how painful a herniated disc can be. Our mission is to help you get back to living your life, and if you’re suffering from a herniated disc, then call our office today to get started with an evaluation.
You can learn more about the causes and symptoms of herniated discs below, as well as the treatment options we provide. If you’re ready to schedule an appointment with our spine specialists, then reach out to us using our convenient online contact form.
In between each of your spine bones (vertebrae), there is a fluid-filled cushion called a disc. A disc has a firm outer layer, but is soft on the inside. A herniation occurs when the outer layer breaks and some of the soft inside leaks out (this is also known as a ruptured disc or disc extrusion).
Herniated discs are more likely to occur as you get older. With age, your discs become thinner, weaker, and more brittle in a process called degenerative disc disease. This process also makes disc tears more likely.
A herniated disc may cause no symptoms at all. However, if the inside of the disc bulges out and presses on a nerve, it can cause symptoms such as:
Most patients can find relief from back pain and other symptoms without surgery, though surgery is required in some cases.
Your doctor will begin by asking when your pain began, where it is located, and test to see if certain movements make it better or worse. They will then perform a physical examination of the affected area. They may ask you to perform a few simple motions to see how they affect your pain, and they may also test your reflexes and muscle strength.
Finally, your doctor will order an imaging test like an X-ray or MRI. These tests can help your doctor see the bones, cartilage, and discs in your spine and identify any other problems that may be causing your symptoms.
The team at The Spine Care Center provides both surgical and nonsurgical treatment options for herniated discs. We are dedicated to helping you find long-term pain relief through effective treatment. This dedication to great patient outcomes has earned our physicians recognition as Top Doctors in both the Washingtonian and Northern Virginia Magazine.
Your personalized care plan may include treatments such as:
More than 90 percent of our patients do not need surgery to resolve their symptoms. However, if your pain does not go away after trying noninvasive treatments, our expert spine surgeon, Faisal Siddiqui, MD, can help you decide if surgery is a viable option. Dr. Siddiqui has performed thousands of minimally invasive and endoscopic surgical procedures throughout his career, helping his patients get back to living pain-free lives.
Find relief from your back pain and return to the activities you love. Call The Spine Care Center in Manassas today or request an appointment online if you’re ready to get started with a herniated disc treatment regimen.