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Herniated Disc Specialist

Subach Spinal Solutions

Spine Surgeons & Back Pain Doctor located in Arlington, VA

A herniated disc is a common spinal condition typically caused by wear and tear on your body as you age. Brian Subach, MD, FACS, Diana DeWolfe, PA-C, MPAS, and the team at Subach Spinal Solutions in Arlington, Virginia, are skilled in treating herniated discs. To receive an initial consultation with the team and discuss the treatment options available, call or use the online booking tool today.

Herniated Disc Q & A

What is a herniated disc?

Discs are the rubbery cushions that are positioned between your vertebrae. This disc has a tough external cover (annulus) and a jelly-like center (nucleus). A herniated disc occurs when some of the nucleus is pushed through a crack in the annulus. 

A herniated disc is often referred to as a ruptured disc or slipped disc.

What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?

Herniated discs occur in both the neck and low back and may cause both axial (neck or back) pain which can radiate into the arms (neck) or legs (low back) Symptoms of a herniated disc vary depending on where the disc is located and whether it is positioned against a nerve. These symptoms include: 

  • Weakness
  • Arm pain
  • Leg pain
  • Numbness or tingling

Most men and women do not experience symptoms of a herniated disc unless it irritates a nearby nerve. You are usually unable to pinpoint the exact location of the pain when this occurs.

In rare cases, emergency surgery is needed due to complications from a herniated disc. Symptoms of serious complications include:

  • Bladder or bowel dysfunction
  • Loss of sensation in the inner thighs, rectum, or back of legs
  • Worsening pain, numbness, or weakness

If you experience these symptoms, it’s important to consult a medical professional immediately. 

How is a herniated disc prevented?

Certain lifestyle factors have the potential to reduce your risk of developing a herniated disc. These factors include:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Avoiding tobacco products
  • Exercising
  • Maintaining a healthy posture

Overall, reducing pressure on your discs and spine is key to avoiding a herniated disc. 

What treatments are available for a herniated disc?

Herniated discs are generally treated with nonoperative management. These treatments include:

  • Rest
  • Anti-Inflammatory medication
  • Muscle Relaxers
  • Prescription pain medications
  • Physical Therapy
  • Steroid Injections

If the pain persists after six weeks, further treatment options are typically needed. The team at Subach Spinal Solutions is skilled at performing procedures that target herniated discs, anterior cervical fusion, if the disk herniation is in the neck or lumbar microdiscectomy, if it is in the low back.

Subach Spinal Solutions conducts thorough evaluations and offers education regarding all treatment options available prior to scheduling a surgery.

To receive an initial herniated disc consultation at Subach Spinal Solutions, call or use the online booking tool today.