Herniated Disc 2018-01-15T16:20:52+00:00

Herniated Disc

Herniated discs, more commonly referred to as bulging, ruptured, or slipped discs, can play a large role in producing neck, and more commonly lower back pain.  The herniation process occurs when the nucleus pulposus (inner core of the vertebral disc) bulges out through the annulus fibrosis (outer layer of ligaments surrounding the disc).  Pressure created by the bulging disc can entrap or pinch nerves in your spine, creating pain in other areas of the body.  In most herniated disc cases, acute and sharp pain sensations are experienced, many times with additional “shooting” type pains into the lower extremities.  The onset of pain with this condition can occur both suddenly as well as following a “tearing sensation” in the spine.

How is a herniated disc treated?

Controlled physical activity can be used as a modality of treatment, and a routine physical therapy schedule can greatly reduce associated pain and promote muscle strengthening.  Various medications (with appropriate supervision and laboratory monitoring) can also be helpful.  When conservative means fail, injections, neurostimulation and finally surgery may be recommended.

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Dr. Tomaszek will assess each patient individually, creating a unique treatment regimen tailored to every concern you may have.  A MRI and other diagnostic studies will likely be obtained to thoroughly examine the underlying pain causes.  Located in The Woodlands/Spring area and serving all of greater Houston, schedule your consultation appointment today!
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