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Herniated Discs Explained

Herniated discs are one of the most common causes for low back pain and sciatica. Between 60% and 80% of people will experience low back pain at some point in their lives and of those, a high percentage will be due to a herniated disc. Chiropractic treatments andphysical therapy can help get relief from pain and discomfort due to a herniated disc.

What exactly is a herniated disc?

Your spinal cord is surrounded and protected by vertebrae, the bones of the spine. In between each vertebra there is a cushion called an intervertebral disc. Those intervertebral discs, which are soft and gel like on the inside and more tough and fibrous on the outside, act as a cushion to absorb impact places on the vertebra and allow proper range of motion on your spine. When the gel like material inside the spinal disc protrudes, or ruptures through the fibrous outer later of the disc, it causes a herniated disc. This can happen naturally as we age but it can also be caused by damage or injury to the spine.

What are the symptoms?

Many people with herniated discs have no pain or symptoms but when the protruded material presses on a nerve, it can cause pain, numbness, and weakness. These symptoms depend on where the herniated disc is located. Most occur in the lumbar spine (lower back), followed by the cervical spine (neck) and sometimes but rarely, in the thoracic spine (chest). Herniated discs in the lumbar region can cause pain that travels down the back and through the legs, sciatica and a herniated disc in the cervical spine can cause pain in the neck that can travel down the arms.

What are the treatment options?

Treatments for a herniated disc range from physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, to anti-inflammatory medication, to surgery. A chiropractor can help address back pain and other symptoms associated with herniated discs by developing a customized treatment plan that may include spinal manipulation and other techniques to help ease symptoms.

Physical therapy is another great treatment option. Physical therapy’s goal is to help you continue to participate in your daily activities and life roles. The therapist will design a treatment program based on both the findings of you individual evaluation and your personal goals. Your treatment will move than likely include a combination of exercises that will help relieve nerve pressure and decrease pain and other symptoms.

If you have been suffering with symptoms from having a herniated disc contact Northeast Spine and Sports Medicine. We have a team of dedicated professionals who are well versed in caring for patients with herniated discs. Contact us for an appointment to learn more and to get you on the track to living with less pain and discomfort.

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INTERVENTIONAL PAIN MANAGEMENT CLINIC HELPING PATIENTS LIVE PAIN-FREE LIVES THROUGH A VARIETY OF PROCEDURES AND TREATMENTS

If you’re looking for a multi-specialty medical group that offers interventional pain management, sports medicine, chiropractic care, acupuncture therapy, and orthopedic surgery, look no further than NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine.

We have eight offices and one ambulatory surgery center (ASC) located in and around Monmouth County, NJ and Ocean County, NJ, and we have many patients that visit us from the following towns:

  • Jackson, NJ
  • Point Pleasant, NJ
  • Barnegat, NJ
  • Brick, NJ
  • Lakewood, NJ
  • Manchester, NJ
  • Aberdeen, NJ
  • Marlboro, NJ
  • Freehold, NJ
  • Monroe, NJ
  • Glassboro, NJ
  • Any many others

Since the beginning, our doctors and staff have been committed to treating patients who suffer from several different types of painful spine, joint, and orthopedic conditions. Furthermore, our goal is not only to reduce pain through physical rehabilitation, therapy, or any of our procedures and treatment options, but to help all of our patients have their functionality and quality of life restored.

Doctors with Superior Medical Knowledge and Compassion

One of the many benefits of choosing NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine is that we only use the most innovative and modern treatment options and procedures. Furthermore, every service and treatment option we offer is available at each of our six offices. Therefore, you should expect to receive the treatment you need whether you visit our office in Jackson, NJ, Point Pleasant, NJ, Barnegat, NJ, Manchester, NJ, Aberdeen, NJ or Tinton Falls, NJ. Furthermore, when patients come to one of our offices, they are always greeted with smiles and treated with kindness.

Every member of a team is respectful and empathetic, and will go to great lengths to ensure your pain management needs are addressed. Another reason to choose our medical practice is because our team makes it one of their highest priorities to stay at the forefront of medical research so that they’re offering the best care possible. Lastly, our physicians and staff also make certain that patients have the knowledge they need to help them live pain-free lives.

Comprehensive and Customized Care Provided by NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine

While some patients may only require one service and/or treatment option and procedure, others may require customized care plans to help them get back on their feet. After your initial evaluation, your physician will create a custom-tailored treatment plan that they feel will offer you with the pain relief you want. In fact, you should not only expect to be recommended with a treatment plan that will help to reduce and/or eliminate your pain, but one that will aid in increasing your activity level, and reducing the amount of pain medicine you take. In the end, you will be provided with a comprehensive and customized care plan that will greatly improve the quality of your life.

Even though pain is an unavoidable part of life, it doesn’t mean you must suffer from it all throughout your lifetime. To learn more the doctors and staff at NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine, our pain treatment options and procedures, and our locations in and around Ocean County, NJ, and Monmouth County, NJ, please browse our site. To make an appointment, please don’t hesitate to do so online, or give one of the offices closest to your home in Brick, NJ, Lakewood, NJ, Marlboro, NJ, Freehold, NJ, Glassboro, NJ, or another area a call today.