One of the most common conditions that our expert New York spine surgeon, Dr. Andrew Casden, treats in his patients is the lumbar herniated disc. Herniated discs are sometimes referred to as a slipped disc, a ruptured disc, or a prolapsed disc. A herniated disc develops when the soft inner part of the intervertebral disc breaks out because of an existing tear in the outer shell. This puts an increased amount of pressure on the spinal nerve root, located in your lower back. This increased pressure on the nerve results in a pain that is called sciatica, which travels down the leg in the located of the nerve that is affected. Sciatica is one of the main symptoms associated with a lumbar herniated disc. The patient also typically experiences pain, numbness, and sometimes weakness in one or both of the legs. In some cases, there is back pain involved, but not always. For some patients, the pain is worse while sitting or standing, and is relieved when lying down.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with a lumbar herniated disc, you should schedule an appointment with our New York spine surgeon as soon as possible so that Dr. Casden can do an evaluation. When it comes to diagnosis, it will depend on your medical history and a physical examination, and we will also use an MRI in order to confirm. The MRI is useful because it shows the severity of the herniation and how severe the increased pressure is. How Dr. Casden decides to treat your lumbar herniated disc will depend on your individual case. For some people, surgical methods are not necessary, and the problem can be addressed with medications, rest, and physical therapy.
If you would like to learn more about herniated discs or any of the other conditions that our New York spine surgeon treats, we encourage you to browse through the additional information provided on Dr. Casden’s main website. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our services or another related topic, feel free to contact our staff by phone or online. We look forward to working with you.