Herniated Discs

The spinal discs are 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. Over time, spinal discs may sustain damage that causes them to slip out of place or bulge outward from the spine, 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, you can recover from a herniated disc that is disrupting your routine in Miami. Read on to learn more about herniated discs and the treatment options our physicians can offer.

Causes of Herniated Discs

Herniated discs occur 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 disc herniation, 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. Herniated discs are most common in the lower back (lumbar spine) and neck (cervical spine), where stress is highest on the spinal structures. To diagnose a herniated disc in either of these locations, our herniated disc doctors will use a combination of digital diagnostic imaging, a physical examination, and a review of your health history and symptoms. Below, you can get a closer look at some of the symptoms that you might discuss with your doctor at our institute.

  • Cervical Spine – Herniated discs in the neck might cause localized pain and stiffness in the neck and shoulders. You might also have shooting pain, tingling, or weakness in one arm along with headaches that seem to originate in the back of the head.
  • Lumbar Spine – In the lower back, herniated discs may lead to tingling in the legs or buttocks, burning or pins and needles sensations in the lower extremities, and loss of bladder control. 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.

To live free of back and spine pain with a complete range of surgical and conservative treatment options in Miami, call Miami Spine Specialists at (305) 532-0065. We 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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