Herniated Discs in Miami, FL

The spinal disc is an important part of the spinal anatomy, as they serve as shock-absorbing cushions positioned between the vertebrae. The discs have a rubbery exterior and gel-like center, which allows for flexibility in movement of the spine as well as cushioning to sustain impact from daily activities. A patient with spinal injuries or degenerative conditions may experience one or more issues with the vertebral discs, including a common form of damage called herniated discs.

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Over time, spinal discs may sustain damage that causes them to become a bulging disc or slipped disc, which can irritate surrounding nerves and cause a number of symptoms, including severe back pain. With the advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies available at Miami Spine Specialists, a patient with spinal injuries can recover from a herniated disc that is disrupting your Florida daily routine. Read on to learn more about herniated discs, spine surgery, physical therapy, and other treatment options our herniated disc surgeon can offer.

Causes of Herniated Discs

A herniated disc occurs when the center of the disc pushes on the outer edge, causing the disc to move out of place and put pressure on the surrounding nerves. This process generally takes place as the discs dry out with the aging process, making them less flexible. Factors such as smoking, impact injuries, repetitive stress, poor lifting techniques, and obesity may also lead to a herniated disc, since these conditions put added stress on the spine and intervertebral discs.

Symptoms and Diagnosis

Like other spinal conditions, the symptoms of a herniated disc will vary depending on the location of the problem. However, sharp pain that worsens with movement is the most common symptom. Where it hurts depends on the location of the herniated disc; if it’s in the neck, the pain may radiate to your arms and shoulders. A herniated disc in your lower back is more likely to cause leg, foot, or buttocks pain. Patients with problems moving their spine may also have disc problems.

The problem is most common in the lower back (lumbar spine) and neck. Below, you can get a closer look at some of the herniated disc symptoms that you might discuss with your doctor at our institute.

  • Cervical Spine – Herniated discs in the neck might cause localized spine pain and stiffness in the neck and shoulders. You might also have shooting back pain, tingling, or weakness in one arm, along with headaches that seem to originate in the back of the head. In general, patients with back pain tend to experience sharp pain that radiates from the spine down an extremity. Movement tends to make the sensation worse

  • Lumbar Spine – In the lower back, herniated discs may lead to numbness or tingling in the legs or buttocks, burning or pins and needles sensations in the lower extremities, and loss of bladder control (cauda equina syndrome), a medical emergency. Shooting pain in the buttocks is another common symptom referred to as sciatica since it is caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve from the slipped disc.

Treating a Herniated Disc

Spine surgery isn’t often the first treatment option, but it depends on the nature and severity of the condition. Your doctor may prescribe physical therapy to focus on your core strength. Rehabilitative treatment options include applying heat and ice and providing traction, electrical stimulation, or short-term bracing. Ultrasound may also be used to alleviate the symptoms and stimulate healing.

Medication is often prescribed in conjunction with physical therapy. Steroids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, painkillers, and muscle relaxers may be used to control pain. These may be enough to keep the problem under control and allow you to live comfortably.

During the course of treatment, physical therapy and medications are often combined. Our specialists have a great deal of experience in this area, so are equipped and trained to find ways to resolve your pain and restore function. Many patients recover without surgery and receive pain medications to ease their discomfort while non-invasive techniques are used to treat their condition.

Spinal Disc Surgery

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However, spine surgery is often necessary to correct herniated discs, especially when medication and physical therapy don’t resolve the problem. Miami Spine Specialists offers minimally invasive surgery, which involves less risk, shorter recovery, and faster pain relief. Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons provide top-quality patient care and employ state-of-the-art technology for the most accurate, effective procedures in treating a herniated disc.

Surgical procedures performed by Miami Spine Specialists include:

  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (Intervertebral Spacer): Damaged discs in the neck are removed and a spacer (with bone graft material) is placed between the vertebrae. Bone above and below the implant fuse together over time.
  • Micro-Endoscopic Discectomy: A minimally invasive surgery, it enables surgeons to insert cameras and instruments through a tube; the affected nerve is pushed aside, and the herniated disc is removed. Room is made for the nerve to return to its normal position.
  • Lateral Lumbar Interbody Fusion (XLIF®): A minimally invasive technique to treat severe degenerative spinal disease, in which surgeons access the lumbar vertebral disc (in the L1 to L5 region) with a lesser degree of pain and blood loss and, since it is performed on the patient’s side, no effects on major back muscles.
  • Revision/2nd Spinal Surgery: Patients with back pain and a patient with a problem moving their spine may require additional surgery to relieve pain and other symptoms, poor healing, scarring, and changes due to aging; improved techniques can often better address previously difficult-to-treat issues.

To live free of back and spine pain with a complete range of spine surgery and conservative herniated disc treatment options in Miami, call Miami Spine Specialists at (305) 532-0065. Our spine doctor will provide exceptional, personalized care to help you overcome a wide range of conditions, including herniated disc, scoliosis, spinal stenosis, and kyphosis.

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