Disc pain can have a huge negative impact on your ability to go about your work and your leisure activities. A herniated or bulging disc is typically the cause of this pain and it is generally brought on by either an injury or the effects of age. At the office of Andrew Casden, MD, it is our goal to diagnose and treat your disc pain so that you can experience relief. Our spine specialist in NYC is highly skilled and experienced and you can have complete confidence in getting a positive results.
Under normal circumstances, your discs act as a way to cushion the bones that are part of your spine, keeping it flexible. As the result of getting older, your discs may lose some of their natural spongy texture. This causes them to dry out and cease to do their usual work of cushioning your spinal bones. Or because of injury, your discs can develop cracks in their outer layers. They have a viscous gel inside them and the cracks allow it to escape. You end up with a bulging or herniated disc. In either case, your disc may press on the roots of your nerves, causing the all too familiar pain that can be felt in your lower back as well as in your backside and your legs. That’s when you want to call us and schedule an exam with our spine specialist in NYC.
How is a herniated or bulging disc treated? The good news is that it may heal on its own, without need for invasive surgery. Methods that are effective in addressing disc pain include such varied options as applying heat or ice, rest, exercise, and physical therapy. In some instances, our spine specialist in NYC may prescribe pain medication. The best course of action will be dependent on your individual circumstances and level of pain. Nonsurgical treatment has the best chance of being effective the earlier it’s used, so if you’re noticing discomfort at any level, don’t hesitate to seek us out. Of course, if surgery is required, we will ensure that you’re fully informed about the pros and cons. In the end, what matters is finding the safest and most efficient way to help you to feel better again.