Herniated Disc Specialist

North Texas Comprehensive Spine & Pain Center

Addiction Medicine, Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation, & Pain Management & Pain Management Specialists located in Rowlett, TX & Sherman, TX

With leg numbness or arm pain, a herniated disc is a possible cause that might not be your first thought. Located in Rowlett and Sherman, Texas, North Texas Comprehensive Spine & Pain Center provides in-depth evaluations and customized treatment plans for herniated discs in any part of the spine. To set up your consultation with Sreenadha Vattam, MD, and their team, call either office or request an appointment online today.

Herniated Disc Q & A

What are discs?

In your spine, discs are round, cushion-like tissues that sit between the vertebrae and offer support. Because of these discs, your back has some flexibility. They keep the vertebrae from grinding together and absorb shock. 

Each disc has an outer layer called the annulus and an inner layer called the nucleus.

What is a herniated disc?

A herniated disc happens when the annulus layer ruptures and the nucleus pushes through it and into the spinal column. This usually happens due to disc degeneration, which is often a natural result of aging. 

Herniated discs can cause pain in various areas of your body because, as the nucleus pushes out of the disc, it can place pressure on nerve roots within your spine. The location of the pain, numbness, or weakness depends on the specific nerve root that the herniated disc affects. 

How are herniated discs diagnosed?

If you have a herniated disc in your lower back, it can result in pain in the lower back or in one or both of your legs. It’s also possible for a lumbar herniated disc to cause sciatica, a specific type of pain, burning, or tingling that radiates from the buttock down the back of the thigh on one side. 

A cervical herniated disc, located in the neck, can cause radiating pain through your arms and fingers. It can also cause neck pain or pain in the upper back between the shoulder blades. 

You should be as specific as possible while describing your symptoms to your practitioner at North Texas Comprehensive Spine & Pain Center so they can locate the herniated disc. 

X-rays, discography, and MRI scans can also show disc herniation and help your provider make a diagnosis. 

What are my treatment options for a herniated disc?

North Texas Comprehensive Spine & Pain Center offers customized treatment plans implementing state-of-the-art procedures as well as strategies you can use at home for additional relief and recovery. 

Your treatment plan for a herniated disc and its symptoms might involve:

  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Ice and heat therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medications

These approaches can help you avoid needing surgery to treat your herniated disc, though sometimes surgery is a necessary next step. Surgeries like discectomy are only needed for herniated discs that don’t get better with individualized non-surgical management. 

If you experience pain, numbness, or any other symptom that might indicate a herniated disc, call either North Texas Comprehensive Spine & Pain Center location to speak with a provider or request an appointment online today.