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Treatment Options for Your Herniated Disc

A herniated disc, sometimes referred to as a slipped or ruptured disc, occurs when the jellied center of a spinal disc pushes out through a tear in the tough, rubbery exterior. This can press on nerves and cause pain. You may also experience numbness, tingling, and weakness in the muscles associated with the affected nerves. 

Risk factors for developing a herniated disc can include obesity/overweight, back strain or lifting heavy objects, repetitive motions that strain the back, and smoking. 

The pain from a herniated disc can go away on its own in some cases if it is allowed sufficient rest from strain or use. If your symptoms persist longer than a few weeks, you may need more than rest to get back to normal. Pinnacle Pain and Spine, with clinics in Scottsdale, Chandler, and Fountain Hills, Arizona, offers a wide array of advanced treatments for herniated discs. 

Physical therapy

Physical therapy is a viable treatment option to help relieve pressure on the herniated disc and any affected nerves. It can also help to improve your flexibility and range of movement and work out any stiffness from limiting your movements because of pain. Our pain management specialists can recommend specific forms of therapy and even exercises you can do at home. 

Medication

Mild-to-moderate pain from a herniated disc may be relieved with over-the-counter painkillers. Muscle relaxers can also be used to prevent spasms and pain. This is a short-term strategy that is usually combined with physical therapy and lifestyle changes, such as weight loss and quitting smoking. 

Injections 

Epidural steroid injections or injectable cortisone can also offer pain relief from a herniated disc. This can provide comfort while your condition heals and is not a cure. These treatments are incredibly popular, as they are minimally invasive and provide longer-lasting relief from pain and inflammation than oral medications alone. 

Selective nerve root blocks

These treatments involve a combined injection of local anesthetic and steroid into the area of the spine where the offending nerve exits the spine. Our specialists guide these injections into the targeted area with the guidance of advanced imaging systems. The effectiveness of this treatment depends on precise placement, and it can offer long-term pain relief. 

Spinal cord stimulation 

This method of pain relief uses an electrical device that administers mild pulses to the spinal cord to disrupt pain sensations before they reach the brain. This is a more invasive treatment for serious, chronic pain from a herniated disc or other spinal injury. Our specialists can explain more and if this treatment option is viable for your condition. 

Herniated disc treatments in Arizona 

Herniated discs can cause increasing pain and may get worse. If your back pain persists, contact us at Pinnacle Pain and Spine. We have three Arizona locations to serve you, and our specialists offer a wide variety of options for pain relief and healing. The above are the most common, but other options may be available to you. 

Schedule an exam and consultation today for more information about treatment for your herniated disc that brings long-term relief and faster recovery.

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