Your spine lies at the core of your musculoskeletal and nervous systems, so a problem in one area can have a cascading effect on another, as is the case with a herniated disc. The doctors at Space City Pain Specialists understand this interconnected network and work with their patients in Webster, Baytown, and Lake Jackson, Texas, to gain the upper hand on the pain caused by a herniated disc. To learn more, call or use the online scheduler.
To understand a herniated disc, it’s helpful to take a look at the structure of your spine, which is made up of 33 vertebrae, which are separated by 23 discs. The discs in your spine play a crucial role in providing cushioning between your vertebrae and, to do this, they’re made of a tough outer layer that surrounds a jelly-like interior.
A herniated disc occurs when the gel-like substance inside pushes out through the exterior and irritates the nerves in the area.
Your spine is divided into five sections:
Most herniated discs occur in your low back because this area has a wide range of motion along with the responsibility of supporting your upper body. That said, herniated discs can also develop in your neck, which also enjoys a considerable amount of movement.
Far and away, the leading cause of herniated discs is simple wear-and-tear and degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis. As you age, the moisture content in the outer layer of your discs begins to naturally decline, leaving them more prone to tearing and rupture.
The primary sign that you’ve herniated a disc is pain, which usually radiates rather than staying local. For example, a herniated disc in your low back can send pain down one side of your buttocks, which can continue down your leg. If you herniate a disc in your neck, you may feel pain down one shoulder and arm.
In addition to the pain, you may also experience numbness and tingling, as well as weakness, in your limbs.
The primary goals at Space City Pain Specialists are to relieve your immediate pain and find a long-term solution to the problem. As pain specialists, they may turn to steroid injections or nerve blocks to relieve the discomfort, but the doctors go a step further by encouraging disc health through regenerative medicine.
Tapping the human body’s own powerful resources, the doctors use stem cells, amniotic fluid, and platelet-rich plasma, all of which contain powerful growth factors that encourage tissue repair and rebuilding on a cellular level.
If you’d like to explore your options for treating a herniated disc, call Space City Pain Specialists or use the online scheduler.