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Herniated Discs

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Herniated Discs

Everything You Need to Know

Disks are small, rubbery cushions that act as shock absorbers for the spine, while helping to maintain spinal flexibility. When these disks are damaged, they may crack. This condition is known as a herniated disk, which is sometimes called a slipped or ruptured disk, and can happen at any location on the spine—from the neck to the lower back. The physicians at the Kayal Orthopaedic Center specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of herniated disks, regardless of location and severity.

 

Prevention

Reduce your risk.

To help prevent a herniated disk:

  • Exercise. Strengthening the trunk muscles helps stabilize and support the spine.
  • Maintain good posture. Good posture reduces the pressure on your spine and disks. Keep your back straight and aligned, particularly when sitting for long periods. Lift heavy objects properly, making your legs—not your back—do most of the work.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight puts more pressure on the spine and disks, making them more susceptible to herniation.
 
 

Symptoms

Pinpoint your pain.

Whether a herniated disk is caused by injury or aging, the symptoms are generally the same. Pain, numbness and weakness in the disk region are common. In addition, herniated disks can press against spinal nerves, causing symptoms in the buttocks, legs and other areas where nerves travel.

 

Diagnosis

Get the answers you need.

The orthopaedic physicians at Kayal Orthopaedic Center provide expert treatment for patients with herniated disks. Diagnosis is accomplished through a combination of physical examinations and imaging tools, such as X-rays, MRIs and CT scans.

 
 

Treatment

Life’s too short to put up with pain.

While herniated disks are relatively common, the good news is that the majority of these cases do not require surgery. Herniated disk symptoms may be alleviated with rest, heat and ice; walking and light activity; and physical therapy. For patients with a herniated disk that continues to be symptomatic, a visit to a spine specialist is wise. With state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, Dr. Kayal and his expert team tailor an appropriate treatment plan for each patient. Treatment is based upon the specific herniated disk(s), along with the patient’s age, physical condition and other medical issues. If conservative treatments, like NSAIDs and physical therapy, are unsuccessful, surgery may be needed to repair the disk herniation.

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