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Herniated Disc

Herniated Disc

The spinal cord is composed of 24 vertebrae – spinal bones – stacked upon one another with cushy discs in between. Discs separate the vertebrae and act as soft, compressible, shock absorbers throughout the spine. A herniated disc is one that has ruptured after being injured – bulging – and left untreated.

The lumbar spine is the lower back region and the cervical spine is the upper back region, including the neck . A herniated disc can occur in either the lumbar or cervical spine.

  • Cervical Spine = the first 7 vertebrae comprising the neck, beginning at the base of the skull
  • Thoracic Spine = the next 12 vertebrae after C7, comprising the mid-back region
  • Lumbar Spine = the final 5 vertebrae, comprising the lower back region

Herniated Disc

A herniated disc occurs when a spinal disc slips out of place – bursts – the alignment of the vertebrae is disrupted and pressure is placed against the spine’s nerves.

A herniated disc can result from either:

  • Sudden injury or trauma, or
  • Spinal degeneration gradually over time

Nerve impingement causes great pain and stress along the spine and – depending on the location of the herniated disc – can radiate to other areas.

  • Cervical Spine – Pain radiates from the neck through the shoulders and arms
  • Lumbar Spine – Pain radiates from the lower back to the buttocks and down the legs

Other symptoms include numbness, tingling, and weakness in appendages.

  • Disc injuries cause a vast array of pain throughout the body and worsen through bending, twisting, and reaching movements
  • A herniated disc in the neck area of your spine may be causing pain to radiate from your neck through your shoulder and arm
  • A herniated disc in your mid-to lower back may be causing pain to radiate into the buttocks and leg
  • Discomfort may also be experienced through tingling, numbness, and weakness

Treatment for a Herniated Disc

At Spine and Sports Medicine, your medical history, medications, lifestyle, and symptoms are fully evaluated during an in-depth diagnostic testing process. Taking your symptoms and history into consideration, onsite use of an X-ray, a CT scan, or a MRI scan will be utilized to accurately diagnose your condition and rule out other potentially serious medical conditions.

The Multidisciplinary Team of Doctors at Spine and Sports Medicine have the education, training, and practical experience to treat a herniated disc through:

Medical Insurance Coverage for Herniated Disc Diagnosis and Treatment

At Spine and Sports Medicine, there is no requirement for you to obtain an outside primary physician referral to have the cost of your herniated disc diagnosis and treatment covered by your insurance plan. Most insurance plans cover the cost of diagnosing and treating a herniated disc. Our insurance experts will help you to determine your coverage and assist in processing your claims.

Discover Multidisciplinary Therapeutic Herniated Disc Treatment in One Convenient Location

If you think you may be suffering from a herniated disc and have been delaying seeking treatment for your pain and discomfort, reach out to the Multidisciplinary Team at Spine and Sports Medicine by clicking below or calling 212.986.3888. Remember – delaying treatment will only worsen your herniated disc injury. Discover pain relief benefits provided by a multidisciplinary therapeutic practice in one convenient Midtown Manhattan location – at Madison Avenue and 40th Street.

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