Herniated Disc Specialist

Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders

Orthopaedic Surgeon located in Houston, TX

Pain that travels from your back to your extremities, including your arms or legs, may indicate a herniated disc. Jose E. Rodriguez-Cordova, MD, FACS, and the team at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders in Houston specialize in conditions that affect the back and spine, and provide the most advanced treatments available for herniated discs to reduce your pain and improve your quality of life. Call the office or schedule a consultation online today with the orthopaedic spine experts at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders.

Herniated Disc Q & A

What is a herniated disc?

A herniated disc, also called a ruptured or slipped disc, occurs when the gel-like center of one of the rubbery discs that separate your vertebra pushes through its tough exterior and presses on a nerve. Herniated discs most often occur in the low back, but can also develop in the neck.

As you get older, the cushiony discs between your backbones begin to dry out and become less flexible, making them more susceptible to herniation. Certain activities, such as improper lifting or an injury to your back, may also increase your risk of developing a herniated disc.

What are common symptoms of a herniated disc?

Symptoms of a herniated disc vary depending on its location. If the herniation occurs in your lower back, you may feel intense pain that travels down your buttocks and into your feet. For a cervical herniated disc, you may feel the most intense pain in your shoulders and arms.

In addition to the pain, a herniated disc may also lead to tingling and numbness, as well as muscle weakness that can impair your gait or make it difficult for you to hold items in your hands.

How is a herniated disc diagnosed?

The team at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders can diagnose a herniated disc after a thorough examination and review of your medical history. During your physical exam, the team can often find the exact nerve affected by the disc herniation. But they may recommend diagnostic imaging, such as an MRI, X-ray, or nerve testing, to confirm a diagnosis.

How is a herniated disc treated?

The team at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders develops a personalized treatment plan for your herniated disc based on the severity of your symptoms and your medical history. Surgery isn’t usually necessary, and the team provides treatment that helps improve the herniation and reduces your symptoms. Treatment may include:

  • Rest
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Heat and cold therapy

The team also works with you on lifestyle modification techniques to reduce your symptoms such as nerve irritation.

Surgery is rarely recommended for a herniated disc, but the surgical experts at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders specialize in minimally invasive surgical procedures to remove your disc if more conservative measures prove unsuccessful. The team also offers disc replacement surgical options.

For management of your herniated disc from a team of experts, call Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders or schedule a consultation online today.