The Rogers Spine Surgery Institute serves the residents of Glendale, CA and the surrounding communities. Dr. David Rogers is one of the Orthopedic Spine Surgeons at the facility. He works with patients who suffer from herniated discs, bulging discs and degenerative bone disease, offering them viable treatment options, including surgical procedures if they are called for.
What is a Herniated Disc?
A herniated disc results when the soft center cushion of the vertebrae is forced through a small crack or break in the tough, outer casing of bone. Depending on where the protrusion occurs, a herniated spinal disc may cause no symptoms whatsoever. If the protrusion aggravates nerves, it can cause intense pain, numbness and tingling in the arms and legs. Herniated discs are often the result of injuries to the spine and must be carefully treated to prevent damaging the soft center cushion even further.
What Treatment Methods are Used to Treat Herniated Discs?
The type and severity of the symptoms of a herniated disc will determine what types of treatment methods are used. Physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, and pain medications ranging from over-the-counter to prescription strength are often considered by physicians to treat herniated discs. Surgery is considered by some physicians as a last resort. Without surgery to attempt to correct the problem, most treatment options only alleviate symptoms. It is important for the root cause of the pain to be addressed as well as treatments applied to reduce discomfort.
Is Surgery An Effective Option?
If symptoms are present and the pain is severe, surgery may be an effective option if the doctor’s orders are followed after the procedure is performed. Many doctors will not suggest surgery as an option until the patient suffers impaired quality of life and reduced range of motion or flexibility.