Effective Surgical and Non-Surgical Treatments for Herniated Disc

Herniated discs are one of the most common causes of pain in the lower back and neck. When the soft inner core of your spinal discs leak out, the surrounding ligaments can be damaged and pressure put on the adjacent nerves. Herniated discs can greatly impact quality of life, beleaguering suffers with ongoing discomfort and reduced mobility. To ease your symptoms, Dr. Aron Rovner offers a number of treatments for herniated disc at his New Jersey area practice. Both surgical and non-surgical treatments are available, although Dr. Rovner will only recommend surgery after he has tried other options. To learn more about our herniated disc therapies, schedule an appointment at New York Spine and Sports Surgery today.

Herniated Disc Causes

Also called "slipped discs” or “ruptured discs,” herniated discs most frequently occur as a result of age-related degenerative disc disease. The spine endures stress on a daily basis, and as we age, the vertebral discs can begin to break-down due to ongoing wear and tear. Herniated discs can also result from traumatic injury such as a fall, car accident, or from improperly lifting a heavy object.

Symptoms of a Herniated Disc

Due to its bearing the brunt of the weight on the spinal column, the five lumbar vertebrate are most likely to be herniated, although this condition can cause pain in the cervical spine as well. As a herniated disc protrudes into the layer of ligaments that surround your spine, localized pain may be felt. When nerves are also affected, pain, numbness, and muscle weakness may be felt in the arms and legs.

Non-Surgical Treatment Options

Dr. Rovner always recommends the least aggressive therapies before performing lumbar surgery or neck surgery, and most patients respond very well to non-surgical modalities. Typically, Dr. Rovner will begin by modifying your activity level, and as you heal and stabilize, your daily regimen will gradually return to normal. Physical therapy and medication can be great tools in helping you overcome your condition, and conquer your pain. Muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatory medications and injections can also be used to help manage the discomfort associated with herniated discs.

Minimally Invasive Herniated Disc Surgery

Dr. Rovner will only perform surgery after non-surgical options have been unsuccessful. If you do require surgical treatment, you can rest assured that Dr. Rovner's outstanding skills in the latest microsurgery and endoscopic techniques can have you feeling better in no time. Dr. Rovner performs many herniated disc surgeries on an outpatient basis, obviating the need for a hospital stay, or requiring one that is very brief. Minimally invasive techniques also mean smaller incisions, less blood loss, reduced pain, and a faster recovery. Your minimally invasive lumbar and neck surgery options include:

  • Endoscopic microdiscectomy
  • Laminotomy
  • Laminectomy
  • Foraminotomy
  • Lumbar fusion
  • Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion
  • Anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion
  • Cervical disc replacement

Find Lasting Relief for Your Herniated Disc

Dr. Rovner understands that a herniated disc can significantly impede upon your life, and prevent you from doing what you love. To learn more about how he can effectively and comprehensively diagnose and treat your back or neck pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rovner today.