Herniated Disc Treatment for Residents and Visitors of Pinedale, WY
A herniated disc is a frequent cause of neck or back pain. The discs are a series of cushion-like pads situated between the small bones (vertebrae) that make up the spine. Herniation occurs when the firm outer wall of a disc tears, allowing some of its gel-like inner substance to seep out into the spinal canal, where its presence can irritate or compress the spinal cord or a sensitive nerve root. Affected nerve tissue can sometimes send erroneous pain, numbness, and tingling signals that radiate through the arms or legs. Individuals who are experiencing possible symptoms of a herniated disc can consult with the spine specialists at Teton Orthopaedics in Pinedale, WY, for a prompt diagnosis and treatment.
The spine specialists at Teton Orthopaedics are often asked what causes a herniated disc. As part of the natural aging process, the spinal discs gradually lose their water content, which makes them smaller, less flexible, and less effective in their function as cushions for the vertebrae. This process can be accelerated from abrupt pressure due to a sudden impact sustained during such events as a sporting mishap, fall, or car accident.
In general, the fellowship-trained spine surgeons at Teton Orthopaedics in Pinedale, Wyoming, view surgery as a last resort for herniated disc treatment. That’s because mild to moderate discomfort associated with a herniated disc will often resolve on its own or with conservative therapies. If a patient requires treatment, we take into account a number of unique factors, such as the patient’s age, health, symptoms, and preferences, to create an individualized plan. Some options include:
- Limited rest and activity modification
- Physical therapy
- Pain relievers and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Lifestyle changes, such as increased activity, weight loss, and smoking cessation
In the rare case that a patient’s symptoms persist or worsen after conservative treatment, herniated disc surgery may be recommended. At Teton Orthopaedics, our spine surgeons are experienced in performing a variety of highly advanced techniques, including minimally invasive outpatient spine procedures. In addition to herniated discs, we also treat degenerative disc disease, degenerative scoliosis, sciatica, spinal fractures, and spondylolisthesis.
To learn more about herniated disc treatment options, residents and visitors of Pinedale, WY, can contact Teton Orthopaedics to schedule a consultation with a spine specialist.