What Are the Signs of a Herniated Disc?

Find out how a herniated disc is treated and when surgery may be necessary.

The spine is made up of 33 vertebrae and between each of these bones are discs, which cushion the vertebra and provide shock absorption. Unfortunately, heavy lifting and certain strenuous activities can cause the disc to herniate. As the disc pushes on spinal nerves, this can lead to pain and other problems. If you notice pain or weakness in the back, neck or extremities, this could be a sign of a herniated disc. Fortunately, this is something that our Houston and Sugar Land, TX, neurosurgeon Dr. Rajesh Bindal can easily diagnose with an MRI.

What are the signs of a herniated disc?

It’s important to recognize the signs so you can seek immediate medical attention from our Sugar Land, TX, neurosurgeon. Catching a herniated disc early can prevent permanent nerve damage and other long-term issues. Signs of disc herniation include,

  • Numbness, tingling or burning
  • Weakness of the muscles
  • Pain in the extremities that may get worse when coughing or sneezing

How are disc herniations treated?

There are several ways to treat a herniated disc. Our team will sit down with you to discuss both non-surgical and surgical interventions, depending on the severity of your symptoms. Some treatment options include,

  • Lifestyle modifications
  • Physical therapy
  • Stretching exercises to strengthen the muscles
  • Massage therapy
  • Nerve blocks
  • Steroid injections
  • Ice and heat

Why should I turn to a neurosurgeon?

When people think of neurosurgeons, they often think of the brain; however, our Sugar Land, TX, neurosurgeon provides care for more than just the brain. In fact, the central nervous system consists of both the brain and the spine, so Dr. Bindal is as much an expert on spinal problems, including herniated discs, as he is on the inner workings of the brain.

When herniated discs and other spinal problems impact your quality of life and lead to severe pain and mobility issues, our neurological team is the ideal team of specialists to turn to for care.

When is spinal surgery recommended?

If you’ve been following your nonsurgical treatment plan for months and you’re still not seeing much pain relief from your current regimen, it’s time to schedule another appointment with our team. This may be a sign that it’s time to consider surgery. Fortunately, there are minimally invasive surgical techniques that we can use to treat herniated discs and take pressure off the affected nerves. Common surgeries to correct herniated discs include lumbar decompression surgery and a microdiscectomy.

Any persistent pain or discomfort in the back, neck or extremities should be evaluated by our Sugar Land and Houston, TX, neurosurgeon Dr. Bindal. He can then recommend specific non-surgical and surgical interventions. Call Texas Spine and Neurosurgery Center at (281) 313-0031 to schedule an evaluation with our team.

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