Effective Treatments for a Herniated Disc

Effective Treatments for a Herniated Disc

Back pain is one of the leading causes of disability, and herniated discs are a common complaint. While many cases heal on their own, this takes time, and some cases require medical intervention. If you’re struggling with persistent pain, repeated incidents of “tweaking” your back, and limited mobility, it’s time to seek professional help.

At Cell Bionics Institute, with locations in Sterling, Virginia, and Utica, New York, Dr. Nameer Haider provides diagnosis and treatment for herniated discs. He also creates a personalized treatment plan that can help minimize your pain and encourage healing. 

Spinal anatomy 101

Your spine contains 24 vertebrae, which are stacked together and cushioned by spinal discs. These discs work as shock absorbers, and prevent your vertebrae from rubbing together and wearing down. 

Each disc consists of a hard outer ring, which holds a soft, gelatinous interior. Sometimes, this inner portion will slip out through a crack in the ring and protrude from the disc. This is known as a slipped, prolapsed, or herniated disc. 

Symptoms of a herniated disc

Symptoms of a herniated disc can vary from person to person, but most people experience pain, limited mobility, and muscle weakness. Certain motions like twisting, lifting, or bending over are common catalysts for slipped discs. 

Any disc in your spine can herniate, and slipped discs can happen to anyone, regardless of age. However, herniated discs are most common in the lumbar (lower back) spine, and most cases occur in patients aged 30-50

Treatments for herniated discs

It can take time for a herniated disc to heal. Your body has to reabsorb the fluid that spilled out from the disc, and then repair the disc itself. Most cases can be resolved with bedrest, gentle exercise, and conservative treatment. 

However, if your pain is persistent, worsening, or extremely severe, it might be a sign that you need additional medical treatment. At Cell Bionics Institute, Dr. Haider locates the herniated disc and assesses the damage. If your pain is severe, he might recommend an epidural steroid injection. Once your pain has been managed, he’ll begin building a rehabilitative treatment plan. He may also advise the use of regenerative medicine, which encourages your spine to heal itself. 

What regenerative medicine can do for herniated discs

Dr. Haider developed the Biodisc® procedure, an intradiscal injection that uses stem cells to promote healing. The injected stem cells stimulate growth factors found in the body. The Biodisc procedure can also be combined with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, another form of regenerative medicine, to maximize healing and speed up recovery. 

To learn more about treatments for disc herniation, consult with Dr. Haider and his team at Cell Bionics Institute. Just call the location closest to you, or book an appointment online

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