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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.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery NYC
222 Westchester Avenue, Suite 101
West Harrison, New York 10604
(914) 946-1010

NYC Spine Surgery

NYC Spine Surgery

If you suffer from spinal stenosis, there is no better NYC spine surgery specialist to visit than Dr. Andrew Casden. Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal canal is slowly narrowing. The spinal canal is the area down the length of your back where your spine is located and where your nerves travel from your neck to your lower back. This narrowing of the spinal canal compresses your spinal cord and nerve, which can be very painful and also cause some weakness in your back that can inhibit your everyday activities. Spinal stenosis can develop over time, or it can be present from birth that is congenital. There are several symptoms that may indicate that you have developed spinal stenosis, and that you should schedule a visit with our NYC spine surgery specialist.

If your spinal stenosis occurs in the neck, you may notice feelings of weakness in your arms and legs, difficulty walking, difficulty with balance, or feelings of pain in your neck and arms. If your spinal stenosis occurs in your lower back, you may experience back pain, but you are more likely to experience pain in the legs when walking and a weakness in the legs. If you are experiencing these symptoms, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with Dr. Casden at your soonest convenience. During this visit, our NYC spine surgery specialist will perform a MRI in order to confirm your diagnosis.

Depending on the severity of your spinal stenosis, our NYC spine surgery specialist will recommend different treatments. If your spinal stenosis is not affecting your life in any major way, you may not need any serious treatment. If the condition is causing your significant pain and weakness, Dr. Casden may recommend epidural steroids, or even surgical treatments. Surgery in the cervical spine is often useful in decreasing the compression present in the area and therefore relieving much of the pain that you are feeling. To learn more about spinal stenosis and treatment, including in-depth explanatory video clips, we invite you to browse our NYC spine surgery specialist’s website and to contact us with any questions that you have.

NYC Spinal Stenosis
222 Westchester Avenue, Suite 101
West Harrison, New York 10604
(914) 946-1010

New York City Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

New York City Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

If you suffer from herniated discs, we understand the pain and discomfort that comes along with it. Our New York City orthopedic spine surgeon, Dr. Andrew Casden, is here to help you through the process of diagnosing and treating your herniated disc problems. There are two kinds of herniated discs. The first is known as a lumbar herniated disc, which is the result of the nucleus of the intervertebral disc pushing out through a tear in the outer shell. This puts a great amount of pressure on the spinal nerve root located in your lower back. If this occurs, you will probably notice sharp pain traveling down your leg, which is called sciatica.

Herniated Disc Surgery New York City

Herniated Disc Surgery New York City

If you are experiencing this type of pain in your legs, or numbness in the legs, you should come and see our NYC orthopedic spine surgeon. At that point he will see if your medical history and symptoms suggest that you’ve slipped a disc, and will perform an MRI to confirm the diagnosis. Our Manhattan orthopedic spine surgeon offers a variety of different treatment options for lumbar herniated discs. In many cases, surgery is not needed to relieve the symptoms. Physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, and rest often are effective for lessening the pain involved in herniated discs. If symptoms persist after trying those treatment options, surgery may be necessary. Our NYC orthopedic spine surgeon may suggest a microdisectomy, in which the surgeon can remove pieces of the disc that is putting pressure on the nerve and causing you discomfort. This procedure is not very invasive at all, and often can relieve painful symptoms the same day that it is performed.

The second type of herniated disc is a cervical herniated disc. This is a herniated disc in the neck that puts pressure on the spinal cord or cervical nerve roots. Symptoms of this kind of herniated disc include pain traveling up and down the arm, balance issues, difficulty walking, and weakness in the arms or legs. If you experience these symptoms, our New York City orthopedic spine surgeon will proceed as described above, similarly to the lumbar herniated disc process. If you feel that you may have slipped a disc, whether lumbar or cervical, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with our Manhattan orthopedic spine surgeon today.

Manhattan Herniated Discs
222 Westchester Avenue, Suite 101
West Harrison, New York 10604
(914) 946-1010