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What Is the Best Treatment for a Herniated Disc?

The discs in your spine are designed to support your body as you work, play, and sleep. Unfortunately, sometimes these discs move out of their correct slots. When this happens, the nucleus of a disc pushes through the disc’s rubbery exterior. This can damage your spinal canal and also result in nerve compression or other unpleasant issues.

Some people take a wait-and-see approach toward spinal concerns, but a herniated disc is unlikely to resolve on its own. In fact, ignoring disc herniation can increase symptoms, and in serious cases, even result in permanent nerve damage. Don’t slack on getting the care you need if you suspect you have a herniated disc. Give the team at NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine a call so we can help you choose the right treatment for your spinal pain. 

What are the Symptoms of Disc Herniation?

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When a disc first slips out of place, you may not notice anything is amiss. Over time, though, the pain may become intense or even excruciating. You may also experience problems in your legs or feet.

Here are some common symptoms associated with disc herniation:

  • Pain in your arm, shoulder, leg or foot
  • Muscle weakness
  • Tingling or paralysis
  • Pain that gets worse after sitting, standing, or sleeping
  • Sciatica

If your condition worsens, you may have trouble urinating or having a bowel movement. Seek medical care right away if this happens, as this can quickly become an emergency situation.

How Is a Herniated Disc Diagnosed?

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When a patient has symptoms like the ones listed above, we check for disc herniation using digital imaging methods. These may include an MRI or X-ray. We also review records from other providers, including your primary care physician or emergency room staff.

If herniation is verified, we work with you to develop a treatment plan. This may include lifestyle changes, noninvasive medical care, or surgical procedures. Many of our patients find relief without undergoing surgery.

What are the Treatment Options for Herniated Discs?

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We create a unique treatment plan for each patient, so there’s no universal treatment plan for herniated discs. Some patients feel better after a few chiropractic adjustments, while others require months of care with the team at NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine. The duration and frequency of your treatment plan is based on the severity of your symptoms. We want to help you get back to feeling like yourself again, whether that takes a couple of days or requires a long-term treatment plan.

Chiropractic Care

Disc herniation can occur in your neck or back when a disc moves out of its designated spot. When this happens, a skilled chiropractor can gently push the disc back in place. This is known as a spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustment.

Patients often ask how many visits it will take for herniation to go away. You may just need a few visits for mild herniation, but a severe case will likely take months to heal. You may also receive other treatments during this time, such as spinal decompression or physical therapy.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is another way our team addresses the symptoms of herniated discs. Your therapist will help you stretch tight muscles near the herniated disc on your own or with equipment. This can help reduce or eliminate nerve compression.

If you want to speed up your recovery, talk to your physical therapist about home exercises. There may be some activities you can do on your own time to help heal your spine. It depends on how badly your disc is herniated, as physical activity can make some patients feel worse. 

Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression works miracles for many people with disc herniation. New patients are often hesitant to lay on the decompression table and wear the harness, but their fear quickly fades after the first session. Patients often describe the experience as relaxing or calming, and some patients even take a nap while the machine is moving.

Decompression works by gently stretching your spine as you lay in place. This gives discs a chance to slip back into their correct sockets. It also helps reduce the pain of nerve compression.

Therapeutic Injections

When noninvasive methods don’t deliver the results you want, consider therapeutic injections for your pain. There are several options available depending on the location of your herniated disc. Two options that may benefit you include facet injections and spinal epidural injections. Facet injections reduce inflammation in an infected joint. Spinal epidural injections help decrease pain in your lower back and relieve sciatica.

Surgical Procedures

Unfortunately, sometimes surgery is the only option for people with badly herniated discs. When this happens, artificial disc surgery is a potential option. During this procedure, your surgeon removes the injured disc and replaces it with a disc crafted from metal and plastic.

Spinal fusion is another option where your vertebrae are fused together in your spine so that discs remain where they belong. A discectomy and laminectomy are additional options you can consider. If you have questions about herniated disc surgery, contact the team at our Surgical Center in Lakewood.

How Can You Reduce Your Risk of Disc Herniation?

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Some factors that may cause disc herniation, such as genetics, are beyond your control. However, you can keep your spine in tip-top shape by:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Practicing good posture
  • Lifting with your legs rather than your back
  • Sleeping with a wedge pillow under your knees or between your legs
  • Avoiding smoking, as smoke can decrease oxygen supply to your spine and accelerate the degeneration process

We Offer Pain Management for Herniated Discs

Don’t let a herniated disc keep you from doing the things you enjoy. Give us a call so we can schedule an appointment at one of our many New Jersey offices. We have locations in Ocean County and Monmouth County with morning, afternoon, and early evening hours. Our compassionate team will explain all of your treatment options before helping you choose the right plan for your needs.



Orthopedic Surgeon

  • Aberdeen

    557 South Atlantic Ave.
    Aberdeen, NJ 07747

  • Barnegat

    175 Gunning River Rd.
    Barnegat, NJ 08005

  • Jackson

    728 Bennetts Mills Rd.
    Jackson, NJ 08527

  • Freehold

    501 Iron Bridge Rd, Suite 2
    Freehold, NJ 07728

  • Manchester

    60 Lacey Rd.
    Manchester, NJ 08759

  • Point Pleasant

    1104 Arnold Ave.
    Point Pleasant, NJ 08742

  • Neptune

    4057 Asbury Ave.
    Neptune, NJ 07753

  • Surgery Center

    475 Route 70
    Lakewood, NJ 08701

  • Toms River

    367 Lakehurst Rd.
    Toms River, NJ 08755

  • Lincroft

    5 Swimming River Road
    Lincroft, NJ 07738

  • Rahway

    1082 Saint Georges Ave
    Rahway, NJ 07065

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If you’re looking for a multi-specialty medical group that offers interventional pain management, sports medicine, chiropractic care, acupuncture therapy, physical 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 eleven 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, Rahway, 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.