Herniated Disc – Carrollton, TX
Dr. Guess provides complete diagnosis and treatment for Herniated Disc. He specializes in the use of advanced surgical and non-surgical techniques to treat the condition.

Herniated Disc

The spinal column comprises of a number of bones or vertebrae mounted on each other. The bones are cushioned by discs that provide protection by absorbing shocks from activities such as twisting, bending, walking etc.
A disc comprises of two parts, a soft inner portion and a sturdy outer ring. Herniated Disc occurs when the gelatinous inner portion of the disc protrudes through the outer ring. The condition may occur due to an illness or injury and can cause a lot of discomfort. Elderly people are at an increased risk of suffering from Herniated Disc.

Causes Of Herniated Disc

  • Weak or torn outer ring
  • Being overweight
  • Weak muscles
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Age related degeneration of discs
  • Sudden movements that put stress on the spine such as twisting or lifting a heavy object
  • A job that requires a lot of lifting may increase the risk

Symptoms Of Herniated Disc

  • Extreme pain that can affect the arms as well as legs
  • Tingling or burning sensation in the affected region
  • Numbness, particularly in one side of the body
  • Pain may worsen with certain movements
  • Pain can be experienced while walking, standing or sitting

Diagnosis Of Herniated Disc

  • A physical examination may be done by the spine specialist to identify the exact location of pain
  • The medical history of the patient may be noted down along with the prevalent symptoms
  • The doctor may also check for proper functioning of the nerves and muscles
  • Imaging tests such as X-rays, CT scans or MRI might be conducted for a thorough analysis of the spine structures

Treatment For Herniated Disc

The treatment for Herniated Disc may depend on the physical condition of the patient and extent of dislocation of the disc.

Non-surgical treatment

  • Stretching exercises may be recommended by the doctor to strengthen the back and muscles
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications may help in relieving the pain to some extent
  • The patient may be advised not to lift any heavy objects and avoid painful postures that increase discomfort
  • Low-impact activities such as walking may prove to be beneficial
  • Nerve pain medications and muscle relaxants may be prescribed

Surgical treatment

  • Surgery may be required if non-surgical treatment methods fail to relieve symptoms
  • In a procedure called microdiscectomy, the damaged or obtruding portion of the disc may be removed
  • The spine surgeon may also replace the entire disc with an artificial one
  • Another procedure may involve fusing the vertebrae together to restrict movement between them

For effective treatment of Herniated Disc, visit Dr. Guess. To schedule an appointment with the spine specialist in Carrollton, TX, you can call at (972) 492 – 1334.