Get Back on Track: Managing Lumbar Disc Herniation for a Pain-Free Life

Herniated disc

Lumbar disc herniation is a common condition that affects the lower back, also known as the lumbar spine. It occurs when the outer layer of a spinal disc tears, causing the soft inner core to leak out and press against nearby nerves, resulting in pain and discomfort. In this blog post, we will discuss what lumbar disc herniation is, its symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment options.

Symptoms: The most common symptom of lumbar disc herniation is low back pain that radiates down one or both legs. Other symptoms include:

Causes: Common causes of lumbar disc herniation include genetics, age, and activity level. Other causes may include:

Diagnosis: If you are experiencing symptoms of lumbar disc herniation, your doctor will perform a physical exam to assess your range of motion, strength, and reflexes. They may also order imaging tests, such as an X-ray or MRI to confirm the diagnosis and determine the location and severity of the herniation.

Treatment: The treatment options for lumbar disc herniation depend on the severity of the condition. Mild cases may be treated with pain medication, steroids, physical therapy, acupuncture or chiropractic care. More severe cases may require epidural steroid injections, or surgery.

Surgery may be recommended if the herniation is causing significant pain, weakness, or loss of bladder or bowel control. The most common surgical procedure for lumbar disc herniation is a discectomy, which involves removing the herniated portion of the disc to relieve pressure on the nerves. The surgery is typically done with a less than one-inch incision, takes less than an hour and patients get discharged home the same day. 

Prevention: There are several steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing lumbar disc herniation, including:

In conclusion, lumbar disc herniation is a common condition that can cause significant pain and discomfort. If you are experiencing symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention to determine the underlying cause and appropriate treatment options. With proper treatment and prevention strategies, you can manage your symptoms and reduce your risk of future herniations.

Remi Ajiboye MD Remi Ajiboye MD Remi M. Ajiboye M.D. is a spine specialist who is trained in non-surgical and surgical management of spine conditions. He has advanced training in minimally-invasive spine surgery and complex spinal reconstruction.

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