It’s one of the most common back injuries and it can be very painful. A herniated disc can happen from improper lifting techniques while working out at The Recreation Center or it could be a simple golf swing at Rochelle Ranch Golf Club. When it happens, you may feel pain in your arm or leg on one side of your body. If you’ve felt similar symptoms, it’s time pay the orthopedic specialists at Premier Bone & joint Centers in Rawlins, Wyoming, a visit.
What is a Herniated Disc?
A herniated disc is a back injury that can occur on any part of the spine, but is most common in the neck or lower back. It happens when the outer portion of a spinal disc tears and allows the gel-like center to rupture through, causing a bulge. This bulge can touch or compress a nearby spinal nerve, causing pain. This pain can be aggravated by movement or certain body positions like sitting or standing. Other symptoms may also occur such as:
- Muscle weakness
- Tingling or numbness
- Reduced ability to hold or lift items
When you arrive for your appointment, an orthopedic specialist will review your records and then conduct a physical and neurological examination. If necessary, we may order an X-ray or MRI to get a closer look at your spine. Once we diagnose your injury or condition, we can recommend the best treatment plan.
Our Treatment Approach
Whenever possible, the specialists at Premier Bone & Joint Centers look to non-invasive treatments first. Frequently, herniated disc treatment can be as simple as changing your daily activities to avoid certain movements that cause pain or aggravate the injury. In more severe cases, physical therapy, pain relievers, or muscle-relaxers may be prescribed.
Don’t live with back pain. Let the board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic physicians at Premier Bone & Joint Centers set you on the path to recovery. Schedule your appointment at our satellite location in Rawlins and let us show you care worthy of Wyoming!