Herniated Disc (Lumbar or Cervical)
Internationally respected neurosurgeon and founder of The Spine Center, Charles S. Theofilos, is recognized by his patients and peers for providing state-of-the-art cervical and spinal treatments. His approach to spine health involves a combination of prevention and innovative surgical, minimally invasive and non-surgical treatments. As a leading spine surgeon, Dr. Theofilos has an exceptional reputation in West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, Palm Beach Gardens, in South Florida and internationally.
What is a Lumbar or Cervical Herniated Disc?
A herniated disc (also known as a bulging disc or slipped disc) is a common problem that occurs in the lower back or neck. The intervertebral discs lie between the vertebrae (spinal bones) and act as shock absorbers to take pressure off the spine during weight-bearing activities.
When a portion of the disc protrudes into the spinal canal, it is known as a herniated disc. Often times, a herniated disc can pinch a spinal nerve and cause back or neck pain as well as pain that radiates into the extremities.
A herniated disc can occur when lifting an object without proper form or when lifting an object that is too heavy. It can also occur as a result of other spinal conditions including:
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Osteoarthritis of the spine
At The Spine Center, Board Certified Neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Thofilos has helped thousands of patients with herniated discs live active and healthy lives using the latest non- surgical and surgical procedures.
The symptoms of a herniated disc may be experienced in the lower back or neck as well as in the extremities. They include the following:
- Pain in the neck or lower back
- Weakness in the hands or feet
- Numbness in the hands or feet
- Burning in the hands or feet
If you are experiencing symptoms of a herniated disc it is best to make an appointment with Dr. Charles Theofilos as soon as possible. Delaying treatment may cause the symptoms to become worse.
How are Herniated Discs Treated at The Spine Center?
At The Spine Center, a herniated disc can usually be treated using non-surgical treatment options such as the following:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Activity modification
- Physical Therapy
- Laser therapy for pain relief
- SpinePack Supplements
In some instances where non-surgical treatment options have not relieved the symptoms of a herniated disc, Dr. Charles Theofilos may recommend a Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery to remove the herniated disc or bone fragments that are causing pain. Dr. Theofilos is a Board Certified Neurosurgeon and an expert in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.
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