Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center
Orthopedic Surgery located in Henderson, NV & Las Vegas, NV
About 2% of the American population experiences a herniated disc in a given year. Though herniated discs are common, not having them treated can keep you from your favorite activities. At Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center, the experienced team of orthopedic specialists diagnoses and treats all types of herniated discs. To make an appointment at the practice in Henderson or Las Vegas, Nevada, schedule online or call the nearest office to speak with a member of the team. To schedule a same-day appointment, contact the Fast Track Clinic in Las Vegas.
Herniated Disc Q & A
What is a herniated disc?
Between each of your vertebrae is a soft, cushion-like disc. Each disc has a soft, jelly-like center and a tough outer shell. If the jelly-like center pushes outward and breaks through the shell, it can place pressure on one or more nerves, causing pain and mobility issues.
A herniated disc can occur in any part of your spine, including the lumbar region (lower back), cervical region (neck), or thoracic region (the area of your spine between your waist and shoulders).
What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?
Symptoms of a herniated disc include:
- Pain or numbness on one side of the body
- Unexplained muscle weakness
- Tingling, aching, or burning sensations
- Pain that extends into the arms and legs
- Pain that’s worse after periods of sitting or standing
As the condition gets worse, you might also stumble or have trouble keeping your balance.
When should I see an orthopedic specialist about a herniated disc?
Make an appointment with the team at Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center if you experience back or neck pain that extends into your limbs. You should also make an appointment if you suffer from tingling, weakness, or numbness that lasts for more than a day or two.
Who is at risk of a herniated disc?
Anyone can experience a herniated disc, but there are several factors that increase your risk, including:
- Being overweight
- Having a family history of herniated discs
- Working a physically demanding job
You’re also more likely to experience a herniated disc if you lift weights and don’t use the proper technique.
How is a herniated disc diagnosed?
To diagnose a herniated disc, your Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center provider reviews your medical history and asks about your symptoms.
Afterward, they ask you to lie down and move your legs in different positions to determine the source of your discomfort. Your provider also conducts a neurological exam, testing your reflexes, muscle strength, and walking ability. They might also order X-rays, an MRI, or a CT scan to rule out other potential issues like a fracture or bone spur.
How is a herniated disc treated?
In most cases, herniated discs respond to conservative treatments, like over-the-counter pain medication, maintaining a healthy weight, and physical therapy. If these measures don’t relieve your symptoms or they get worse, surgery might be necessary. That’s especially true if you experience difficulty standing and walking.
If you’re concerned you have a herniated disc, make an appointment at Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center. Call the nearest office today, or use the online booking feature.
Herniated Disc (Cervical)