Lumbar Herniated Disc

About Lumbar Herniated Disc

Most problems that cause pain in the low back are due to a lumbar herniated disc. Back or leg pain, tingling, or numbness may result when the disc material applies pressure on the spinal nerves. A herniated disc happens when the gel-like center of a disc ruptures through a weak area in the tough outer wall. As the disk continues to break down, or with constant stress on the cervical spine, the inner nucleus pulposus may actually rupture out from the annulus into the spinal canal. This is also called the ruptured disk.

Most lumbar disc herniations happen in the lower lumbar spine, especially between the fourth and fifth lumbar vertebrae and between the fifth lumbar vertebra and the first sacral vertebra.

Lumbar disk disorder is caused by a change in the structure of the normal disk. Most of the time, disk disease happens as a result of aging, spinal stenosis, and the normal break down that takes place within the disk.

 

Symptoms

These are the most common symptoms of lumbar disk disease:

  • Irregular or continuous back pain. (This may be made worse by movement, sneezing, coughing, or standing for long periods of time)
  • Spasm of the back muscles
  • Sciatica
  • Muscle weakness and leg pain
  • numbness or tingling in the leg or foot
  • Loss of Reflexes
  • Changes in bladder or bowel function
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Treatments

Conventional nonsurgical treatment is the first step to recovery while surgery for a herniated lumbar disc may also be recommended if you have signs of nerve damage, such as weakness or loss of sensation in your legs. Treatment options of a herniated lumbar disc depend on the symptoms include:

  • Rest
  • Physical Therapy
  • Pain Medications
  • Chiropractic Manipulation
  • Muscle Relaxants
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Laminotomy and Discectomy
  • Minimally invasive microendoscopic discectomy

 

Complete Medical Wellness has been building its global reputation in wide-ranging spine health. Our dedication to the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of spine injuries and disease enables CMW to help more patients than any other spine centers in New Jersey. We are proud to say that our team is one of the largest, professional, and most experienced networks of spine surgeons in NJ. Our board-certified spine surgeons carefully perform lumbar spine surgery in NJ and provide all aspects of patient care to reduce your pain and restore your quality of life.

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