Disc Herniation

Disk Degeneration

Disk Degeneration

The terms “Disc Herniation, Disc Bulge, and Disc Protrusion” all describe damage to the “shock absorbers” of the human spine; also known as “interverbral discs”. These intervertebral (between the vertebrae) discs provide a shock absorbing cushion  between the vertebral bones of the spine.  The design of this structure is ingenious, with a soft “jelly like” inner substance (nucleus pulposis) surrounded by an outer band or ring of tough connective tissue (annulus fibrosis)  Heavy sudden or cummulative compressive forces, however, can causes sudden or gradual damage to this amazing structure, leading to painful pressure on the spinal nerves or spinal cord.

Symptoms of a damaged spinal disc can range from dull lower back or neck pain, to sharp, intense to excruciating lower back or neck pain that travels down one or both legs to the feet (if it’s a lumbar – lower back disc) or into the shoulders, arms, hands and fingers (if it’s a cervical – neck disc). Additional numbness, tingling and/or weakness in the legs, feet, arms or hands, fingers and toes can ensue, depending on the severity and chronicity of disc damage. The results can range from a mild annoyance (usually in the beginning phases of a chronic problem) to an excruciatingly disabling and crippling pain and disfuction that consumes all of your attention.

If you or someone you know are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you will need to find a specialist with extensive experience in the successful treatment of these conditions.  If you’ve already received an MRI exam and have seen an orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon and have been told that you require epidural steroid injections or surgery, STOP . . . and think. It’s always good to have more than one opinion before submitting your body to an invasive irreversible procedure. Gather as much information as you can on all of your treatment options and interview a few specialists before you agree to a more invasive procedure.

Since our spine physicians have specialized in treating these conditions with great success, you may want to consider the “San Diego DRX” option before surgery by  contacting one of our South Coast Spine Representatives to schedule an appointment complimentary consultation/evaluation and MRI review. Our Spine Specialists can review your diagnostic studies and medical history, confirm or correct your diagnosis, and outline the best treatment options available to you.

Hopefully, like thousands of patients across the country and around the world, you can avoid surgery and/or needle injections, and find relief with one of our highly effective nonsurgical treatment methods. The only way to find out is to call us at: 619-472-2225 to get the information you need to make the best decision for your health and welfare.