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Herniated Discs Specialist

Michigan Pain Specialists

Pain Management serving the areas of Ann Arbor, MI, Ypsilanti, MI & Adrian, MI. Now accepting Telehealth appointments.

Herniated discs can cause acute and chronic back and neck pain. If you're experiencing difficulties with pain and mobility because of a herniated disc, the Michigan Pain Specialists team can help. At the locations in Ypsilanti and Adrian, Michigan, the highly experienced team uses conservative therapies and advanced interventions to relieve your pain and increase mobility. Call Michigan Pain Specialists to find out more or book an appointment online today.

Herniated Discs Q & A

What are herniated discs?

Herniated discs are a frequent source of chronic back pain and can also cause severe acute pain, depending on how the herniation occurs.

The discs in your spine are there to help stabilize your spinal column and provide essential protection from shock. There's a disc in between each set of vertebrae, from your lower back (lumbar spine) to your neck (cervical spine).

Each disc has a soft center surrounded by a strong outer layer. Herniation occurs when the center pushes through a weak spot in the outer layer. Back or neck pain can result, and it often spreads into your arms or legs.

What causes herniated discs?

There are two main causes of disc herniation:

Acute injury

Auto accidents, workplace injuries, falls, and other forms of trauma can sometimes force the disc to herniate, causing acute pain.

Degenerative disc disease

Degenerative disc disease is a condition that develops over time, mainly due to aging and wear-and-tear. As the discs lose their moisture content and get stiffer, weak spots develop in the outer shell.

In both cases, the primary cause of your symptoms is nerve compression, where the herniated section of the disc is pressing on one or more spinal nerves. The shooting leg pain typical of sciatica is often due to a herniated disc in your lumbar spine.

How are herniated discs treated?

The Michigan Pain Specialists team has extensive experience treating herniated discs, which are among the most common of back problems. Initially, they use conservative methods to reduce inflammation and nerve compression, which could include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Ice packs and heat therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Manual manipulation
  • PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injections

These treatments are often successful in relieving the pain of a herniated disc. If, after a couple of months, you're not experiencing much improvement, Michigan Pain Specialists offers additional, advanced therapies.

What advanced treatments are there for herniated discs?

Some of the options available at Michigan Pain Specialists for persistent herniated discs include:

Epidural steroid injections

Epidural steroids are powerful anti-inflammatories. Your provider can inject steroid medication into the area that’s causing pain, using image-guidance technology to ensure accurate delivery.

Radiofrequency ablation

Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure utilizing heat from radio wave energy to disable the nerves responsible for your pain.

Disc decompression

Your provider can relieve the pressure on your nerves using advanced procedures like MILD® (minimally invasive lumbar decompression). Alternatively, the team can use endoscopic techniques to remove the affected disc.

For expert help with your herniated discs, call Michigan Pain Specialists today or book an appointment online.