Herniated Disc

What is a herniated disc, and how is it treated?

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Herniated disc pain can be debilitating. However, by using the latest non-surgical and surgical procedures, our board-certified spine specialists at OrthoNeuro have helped thousands with herniated discs to return to living active and healthy lives.

We would love to help you with any concerns you may have about your spine. Schedule an appointment today at one of our many locations throughout Greater Columbus!

What Is a Herniated Disc?

A herniated disc (also known as a slipped disc or bulging disc) is a common spinal condition that typically occurs in the lower back region (lumbar spine) or neck.

Your spinal column is made up of vertebrae (spinal bones). Your intervertebral discs lie between the vertebrae and act as shock absorbers or buffers that take pressure off your spine while you engage in weight-bearing activities.

When a portion of one of these discs protrudes into your spinal canal, it is referred to as a herniated disc. It is common for a herniated disc to pinch a spinal nerve and cause back or neck pain.

Herniated discs can also put pressure on the spinal cord and your nerve roots. This condition can even cause arm and leg pain.

What Causes a Herniated Disc?

Spinal conditions, such as degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis of the spine, can result in a herniated disc. Additionally, herniated discs are commonly caused by not using the proper lifting form or by picking up an object that is too heavy.

Herniated Disc Symptoms

If you have a herniated disc, you may experience the following symptoms:

  • Pain in your neck or lower back
  • Sharp pain that can radiate down your arms or legs (such as sciatica pain)
  • Burning in your hands or feet
  • Weakness in your hands or feet
  • Numbness in your hands or feet

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, scheduling an appointment with one of our board-certified spine specialists as soon as possible would be beneficial. If you delay receiving treatment, your symptoms may intensify or even cause you to develop other spine conditions.

Who Is at Risk of a Herniated Disc?

Generally, those between the ages of 30 and 50 are most likely to experience the pain of a herniated disc. This condition also affects men twice as much as women.

Others who may be at risk include those who:

Sit for extended periods in the same position

Lift heavy objects

Are overweight

Repetitively use bending or twisting

How Is a Herniated Disc Diagnosed?

To make an accurate diagnosis of a herniated disc, a specialist will review your medical history and perform a thorough exam.

During the physical examination, your orthopedic surgeon will assess your pain, muscle strength, and reflexes.

Additionally, an X-ray of the spinal canal or MRI may be requested.

How Are Herniated Discs Treated?

You will be pleased to know that at OrthoNeuro, a herniated disc can usually be treated by non-surgical methods, such as the following:

  • Pain medication, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Modifying your activities
  • Physical therapy
  • Epidural steroid injections (these injections are used to decrease the inflammation of your spinal nerves)

If you still feel pain even after trying non-surgical treatment, your spine specialist may recommend minimally invasive spine surgery to remove the herniated disc or bone fragments to relieve pain.

Our board-certified spine surgeons are experts when it comes to performing minimally invasive spine surgery.

Make an Appointment with an OrthoNeuro Spine Surgeon Today!

If you suspect that you have a herniated disc, schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations throughout Columbus, OH. Most patients can be seen within 24 hours. We look forward to helping you address your discomfort!

Spine Care Specialists

If you live with chronic back or neck pain, contact OrthoNeuro in Columbus, Ohio, for state-of-the-art diagnosis and personalized spine care treatment plans to heal your spine, relieve your pain, and help you get back to your regular activities.

Ying H. Chen, DO, FACOS


Paul H. Eichenseer, DO

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

David K. Kim, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

Donald J. Rohl, DO

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

Larry Todd, DO

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

Mark A. White, DO


Daniel P. Pap, MD

Interventional Pain Specialist

Siddharth Shetgeri, DO


Dustin Reynolds, M.D.

Interventional Pain Management Specialist

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