Herniated Disc diagnosis and Treatment

Herniated Disc diagnosis and Treatment

A herniated disc is a painful condition that can affect any part of the spine and cause severe pain and other problems in the arms or legs. At the Advanced Spine Center, Dr. Stephen Courtney and his skilled team offer the experience, knowledge and proven results to help you recover from a herniated disc and get back to enjoying your life again!

What exactly is a herniated disc and what causes it?
Discs are small, circular, and compressible cushions between the bones in the spine. Discs act as shock absorbers for the vertebrae. When discs in the spine bulge from their proper place, this is referred to as a herniated disc.

Also called a ruptured disc or slipped disc, a herniated disc occurs when the inner core of the spinal disc pushes out through the outer layer of the disc and compresses a nerve or the spinal cord. This painful condition is most common in the lumbar (lower back) and neck.

Causes of a herniated disc may include:

· Strain on the back, either repeated or sudden (as from lifting a heavy weight)
· Certain jobs that require heavy lifting
· Trauma from a fall, accident or sudden twisting
· Genetics or family history of a herniated disc

How is a herniated disc diagnosed?
During your initial consultation and examination with Dr. Courtney, he’ll begin by asking you about your symptoms and then review your medical history. A physical exam will follow, focusing on your spine and extremities. The movement, strength and reflexes of your arms and legs will be tested. Additional tests may include medical imaging such as X-rays, an MRI or CT scan.

Treatment for a herniated disc
After proper diagnosis, Dr. Courtney will discuss the options best for your unique case.
Treatment for many of our patients with a herniated disc may not include surgery. Some patients will respond to conservative therapy, including medication, rest, physical therapy, and injections.

However, if Dr. Courtney does feel like surgery may be required in your case, he will discuss the risks and benefits of herniated disc surgery with you and the likely results of surgical versus non-surgical treatment.

Call Advanced Spine Center today!
If you feel like you may be suffering from the symptoms of a herniated disc, contact Advanced Spine Center and schedule an appointment with Dr. Courtney at your earliest convenience. Selected as one of Dallas’ Best Doctors by D Magazine, Dr. Courtney is known for his straight-forward, honest approach and operates only if clearly indicated with proven techniques, which has earned him an excellent reputation among his professional colleagues, medical peers and patients. Contact us!