Anything from lifting a heavy load to twisting the wrong way can cause a herniated disk. This incredibly common injury most often occurs in the neck or lower back, and can lead to arm or leg pain along one side of your body. If these symptoms sound familiar, then it’s time for you to contact the orthopedic specialists at Premier Bone & Joint Centers. We can help manage your pain by diagnosing your condition and providing the best herniated disc treatment to set you on the road to recovery.
Diagnosing a Herniated Disc
A herniated disc occurs when the rubbery exterior of a spinal disc tears, allowing some of the jelly-like interior to bulge outward. When this bulge compresses nearby nerves, it can cause pain that increases with movement and other symptoms like:
- Numbness or tingling
- Muscle weakness
- Decreased ability to lift or hold items
In order to diagnose a herniated disc, one of our orthopedic specialists will conduct a physical and neurological examination. If they suspect another condition, you may also need imaging tests from our onsite X-ray or MRI machines before we can recommend the best course of care.
Finding the Best Treatment
In many cases, herniated disc treatment involves modifying daily activities to avoid painful movement while your disc heals. In more extreme cases of prolonged pain, however, your physician may recommend additional treatments like:
- Physical therapy
- Muscle-relaxers or pain relievers
Whichever herniated disc treatment method you require, you can have peace of mind knowing that it comes from a board-certified and fellowship-trained physician. In fact, our quality care is so esteemed that we have the privilege of serving as the team physicians for the University of Wyoming Athletics.
Let the orthopedic physicians at Premier Bone & Joint Centers help begin your process of recovery today. Schedule an appointment at our central location in Laramie, WY, or at one of our satellite clinics across the state and learn which herniated disc treatment might work for you.