Plano, a part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, is a city in Texas, with lots of large corporations and companies, including medical facilities. The Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center has participating physicians with locations throughout the DFW metroplex including offices in Plano, TX. The referral line helps connect patients to doctors for spine, joint and orthopedic treatment options including herniated discs. The members of the referral line are on staff at two award winning hospitals, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano and Texas Health Center for Diagnostics and Surgery. This blog post examines surgery as a possible solution for herniated discs in Plano, starting with an overview of the problem and treatment options. Read on.
The vertebrae of the backbone are separated by discs that comprise the ‘annulus fibrosus’, the outer wall, and the ‘nucleus pulposus’, the inner core. The degeneration of the annulus can cause the nucleus to protrude and bulge into the annulus. When this happens, the protruded disc may put pressure on the nerves as it compresses against them. Accompanied by acute pain in the affected area, this condition is called a herniated disc.
Symptoms of a Herniated Disc
- Severe leg pain
- Numbness and tingling
- Muscle weakness
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Treatment Options for a Herniated Disc
Depending on the severity of the herniated disc, the condition can sometimes be treated by using various nonsurgical treatments. Commonly, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), can be prescribed to people suffering from a herniated disc. The physician may also suggest a patient rest, to give the body a chance to work on healing itself. If the symptoms do not go away after a couple weeks, the doctor may make adjustments to medications and add in medicine to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
Besides the above mentioned medications, there are other conservative treatment option doctors may use to help facilitate healing. These include the following:
- Epidural injections for pain relief and decrease of inflammation
- Manual traction aimed at opening up the cervical foramen through which the nerve root comes out of the spinal canal
- Physical therapy and exercise regime for making the nerve root less pressurized
- Low-velocity chiropractic manipulation (but it should be applied with high level of diligence in people with neurological deficits)
When non-surgical herniated disc treatment options in Plano fail to deliver the desired results, the patient may be advised to consider a surgical treatment options. Surgical treatment options for herniated discs include a microdiscectomy or laminectomy/discectomy. When carrying out minimally-invasive herniated disc surgery in Plano, the surgeon will remove a small amount of the bone and ligament structure allowing access to the disc space and remove the herniated material freeing up the nerve. This will create more space for the nerve root in order to relieve the pressure. In some patient, the pain will disappear immediately after surgical procedures while in some people, it is a gradual process. The recovery process for herniated disc surgery is typically 6-8 weeks of activity modification, limiting repetitive lifting, twisting and bending.
It you are experiencing symptoms of a herniated disc, treatment is just around the corner with the participating physicians at the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center. The physicians participating in the referral line treat a variety of spine conditions including herniated discs both surgically and non-surgically. If you are in a need for surgery for herniated disc in Plano, give us a call today and we can help you find an experienced spine surgeon to help you on your road to recovery. To learn more, fill out our contact form or simply call +1 888-608-4762.
Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic.