Herniated Disc (Cervical & Lumbar)

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

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What Is a Herniated Disc?

A herniated disc (also known as a bulging disc or slipped disc) is a common problem that occurs in the lower back or neck.

The intervertebral discs lie between the vertebrae (spinal bones) and act as shock absorbers to take the pressure off the spine during weight-bearing activities. 

When a portion of the disc protrudes into the spinal canal, it is known as a herniated disc.

Oftentimes, a herniated disc can pinch a spinal nerve and cause back or neck pain as well as pain that radiates into the extremities.

At OrthoNeuro, our Board Certified Spine Specialists have helped thousands of patients with herniated discs live active and healthy lives using the latest non-surgical and surgical procedures

A herniated disc can occur when lifting an object without proper form or when lifting an object that is too heavy.

It can also occur as a result of other spinal conditions including: 

The symptoms of a herniated disc may include the following:

Pain in the neck or lower back 

Radiating pain down arms or legs (such as sciatica pain)

Weakness in the hands or feet 

Numbness in the hands or feet 

Burning in the hands or feet 

If you are experiencing symptoms of a herniated disc it is best to make an appointment with one of the Board Certified Spine Specialists at OrthoNeuro as soon as possible.

Delaying treatment may cause the symptoms to become worse or even develop other spine conditions such as scoliosis.

Treatment Options for a Lumbar or Cervical Herniated Disc 

At OrthoNeuro, a herniated disc can usually be treated using non-surgical treatment options such as the following: 

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs 
  • Activity modification 
  • Physical Therapy 
  • Injections 

In some instances where non-surgical treatment options have not relieved the symptoms of a herniated disc, your OrthoNeuro Spine Specialist may recommend minimally invasive spine surgery to remove the herniated disc or bone fragments that are causing pain.

At OrthoNeuro, our Board Certified Spine Surgeons are experts in minimally invasive spine surgery.

Make an Appointment with an OrthoNeuro Spine Surgeon Today!

If you have been experiencing the symptoms of a herniated disc, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Spine Specialists at one of our 7 convenient locations throughout Greater Columbus. 

We will evaluate your unique lifestyle and goals to determine which type of treatment is best for you.

Best of all, most patients can be seen within 24 hours of making an appointment.

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

“I recently had surgery on my lower back. I had heard that such surgery would result in pain and cause me difficulties in doing ordinary daily tasks but, I experienced no pain and was able to do normal activities at home and at church. Also, being a bee keeper, I was able to work the hives and extract the honey from most of the hives”

James B.