Whether from an injury or the result of the degenerative changes that affect your discs as you get older, a herniated disc can lead to chronic neck or back pain. At Cell Bionics Institute, board-certified pain management specialist and world-renowned surgeon, Nameer Haider, MD, FAAPM&R, DABPM, specializes in pain conditions that affect the spine and offers cutting-edge treatments that support the healing of your herniated disc. To learn more about innovative treatments for herniated discs, contact the office in Sterling, Virginia, or Utica, New York, by phone or request an appointment online today.
Your spine is made up of a series of bones, known as vertebrae, that provide upper body support and allow you to twist, bend, and lift. Your vertebrae are separated by soft cushions referred to as intervertebral discs, which assist with the flexibility of your spine and decrease the impact on your bones when you walk, run, or jump.
A herniated disc, also referred to as slipped or ruptured disc, occurs when the soft gel-like center (nucleus) of your intervertebral disc pushes out through a tear in the tough exterior (annulus). You can develop a herniated disc in any part of your spine, but they most often occur in the lumbar (lower back) or cervical spine (neck).
Though you can develop a herniated disc after a fall or blow to the back, they most often develop because of degenerative changes in your spine as you get older.
Your herniated disc symptoms will depend on the area of your spine affected, as well as the severity of the herniation. Your pain may range from a dull ache to sharp, debilitating pain. If the herniation irritates or pinches a nerve, then you may also experience pain, numbness, or tingling that radiates to your extremities.
For most people, symptoms related to a herniated disc resolve within a few weeks of at-home care. However, if your back or neck pain is severe, isn’t improving with at-home care, or your pain is worsening, you should seek medical help.
Dr. Haider specializes in pain conditions that affect the spine, including chronic pain or severe pain caused by a herniated disc.
Dr. Haider develops individualized treatment plans aimed at restoring function, decreasing pain, and improving your quality of life. The specifics of your treatment plan may depend on the location of your herniated disc, the severity of your symptoms, and your current and future health needs.
To alleviate your immediate pain, Dr. Haider may offer interventional pain management treatments, such as an epidural steroid injection. However, to heal your damaged disc, he may recommend regenerative medicine. As a pioneer in the application of minimally invasive treatments, Dr. Haider may suggest his trademarked Biodisc® procedure to stimulate the healing of your damaged disc.
Depending on the location of your herniated disc, Dr. Haider may use stem cells or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy for the Biodisc procedure. Both forms of regenerative medicine contain properties that stimulate the stem cells in the disc to boost regeneration and natural healing.
To learn more about the innovative treatments for your herniated disc, call Cell Bionics Institute or request an appointment online today.