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Dallas Herniated Disc Treatment

Our Spine Care Specialists Can Find Out if a Slipped Disc Is Causing Your Back Pain

Herniated discs are one of the most common causes of spinal pain. Each vertebra that makes up your spine is separated by a rubbery disc of cartilage. These discs absorb shock to the spine and keep it flexible. Sometimes a piece of a disc can rupture and pinch one of the spinal nerves, causing severe leg pain or sometimes numbness and weakness in your arm or leg.

If you are experiencing these symptoms, the spine care specialists at the Methodist Moody Brain and Spine Institute can help.

Signs You Have a Herniated Disc

Some symptoms of a herniated disc include:

  • Numbness or tingling in the arms or legs
  • Pain that radiates into your arms or legs
  • Weakness in the arms or legs that makes it difficult to walk or carry things
  • Pain that gets worse when active
  • Back, neck, arm, or leg pain that worsens when coughing or sneezing

If your doctor suspects a herniated disc, the next step is usually to obtain an MRI to establish the diagnosis.

Your Treatment Options

For most herniated discs, noninvasive treatments are considered before surgery. Anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxants, physical therapy, and sometimes epidural steroid injections are standard nonsurgical treatment options.

Surgery is recommended only if nonsurgical treatments fail to provide relief or if the herniated disc is so severe it causes weakness. Fortunately, most herniated discs can be treated with minimally invasive techniques with very fast recovery times. To find out if minimally invasive surgery for your herniated disc is right for you, please make an appointment with one of the neurosurgeons at the Methodist Moody Brain and Spine Institute.

Contact the Methodist Moody Brain and Spine Institute today at (214) 948-2076 for more information about herniated discs and possible treatment.