Lumbar Herniated Disc Treatment in and around Atlanta
Understanding Lumbar Herniated Disc
This is also known as a slipped disc in the low back. The spine is made up of bones called vertebrae that are separated from one another by joints called discs. Discs are made of a soft, squishy center surrounded by tough outer shell. When a disc herniates or bulges, the soft center is forced into or through the outer shell which can cause pain. Disc herniations occur as a result of damage to the disc. Disc damage can result from the aging process and/or a traumatic event such as a fall, car wreck, or work injury.
The most common symptoms for a disc herniation in the low back are low back pain, and/or leg pain. Patients can also feel numbness and tingling in their legs and feet. Less frequently, patients can experience weakness in their legs.
The vast majority (90%) of disc herniations in the low back will get better on their own in a matter of 2-3 months. Physical therapy and different medications including anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxers, and pain medicines can help ease the pain. If these treatment options do not provide adequate relief, then epidural steroid injections may be necessary. Epidural steroid injections are steroid injections given into the spine in order to decrease inflammation and pain.
If these conservative care measures of time, rest, medication, therapy, and injections fail, and the patient is not able to tolerate the pain, then surgery is an option. Surgery in the low back typically consists of a microdiscectomy surgery. This type of surgery involves removing the piece of disc that is bulging out of place. Typically, the patient goes home the same day.
Recovery time will vary from one patient to the next. Typically, patients are sent home the same day and notice improvement within a few days to a few weeks.