Herniated disc refers to a problem with one of the rubbery cushions (discs) between the individual bones (vertebrae) that stack up to make your spine. The discs comprise a hard outer ring, known as the annulus fibrosis, and a soft inner ring, called the nucleus pulposus. The spinal disc in a young individual is soft and elastic. It becomes more rigid with age and gradually erodes its elasticity and become more vulnerable to injury. Should the disc become damaged through incorrect lifting or trauma, then the resultant damaged walls of the annulus cannot prevent the soft, central portion (the nucleus) to bulge out and press on the adjacent spinal nerves that exit the spine at the level of the disc herniation, resulting in back or neck and pain, or weakness of the upper or lower extremity muscles. Burak Ozgur, MD offers the latest diagnostic aids and treatments to help you deal with your back pain.
Some common and serious symptoms may include:
- Numbness and tingling (“pins and needles” sensation)
- Weakness of functional hand movements.
- Pain that is severe or that has become dramatically worse
- Progressive weakness in a leg or foot
- Difficulty walking, standing, or moving
- Numbness in the genital or rectal area
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Difficulty with urination
On occasions surgery may be recommended if the conservative treatment options do not provide sufficient relief. Minimally invasive surgery is performed to remove the herniated disc, and free up space around the compressed nerve. Some of these procedures include:
- Lumbar discectomy and decompression
- Cervical foraminotomy and decompression
Burak Ozgur, MD treats herniated disc with minimally invasive, outpatient surgical procedures that are designed to help you find relief from pain. Learn more about our minimally invasive procedures or request an appointment for consultation by calling (949) 383-4190 or toll free 888-64-SPINE or Contact Us ➲.