Each year more than 3 million Americans suffer from herniated discs. This common condition often arises through the natural aging process, also referred to as degenerative disc disease. Though not every herniated disc case needs immediate medical attention, the painful symptoms associated with this condition can affect different parts of the body and impede an individual’s daily life. A herniated disc can occur in any part of the spine and treatment options vary depending on each case.
A herniated disc appears when a disc protrusion ruptures through the delicate wall of the intervertebral disc. This phenomenon causes the viscous material from the interior of the disc to spill into the spinal canal, which produces different levels of discomfort. The dedicated team at New Jersey Spine Specialists (NJSS) can provide new and existing patients in Hackensack with the best treatment options to help heal their herniated disc, whether through medication or minimally invasive procedures.
The body’s natural aging process decreases the functionality of the spine; it causes cartilage within the vertebrae to break down and become dry over time. When this occurs the disc can often rupture, tear and protrude through intervertebral walls. In turn, the contents from within the disc, leak into the spinal canal and affect nearby nerves; which results in pain.
The board-certified spine surgeons at NJSS can provide patients with accurate diagnoses of their degenerative disc condition as they routinely diagnose and provide proper care and treatment for patients experiencing a herniated disc. Dr. Mitchell Reiter, Dr. Mark Drzala, and Dr. Heidi Hullinger oversee each patient’s case and care, understanding pain-related symptoms caused by herniated discs. Most individuals suffering from this condition report associated nerve pain depending on the location of the disc herniation. In the case of a lumbar disc herniation, patients experience shooting pain traveling down the legs and feet, commonly known as sciatica. Whereas a herniated disc in the cervical spine causes radiating pain down the neck, arms and through the fingers.
A herniated disc can manifest from work-related injuries, personal injury or trauma, degenerative spine conditions, as well as deformities. As a result, symptoms will usually vary in each individual. These symptoms may include a combination of discomfort and pain in the cervical, thoracic, lumbar spine and sacrum. The spine specialists at NJSS use the most advanced, state-of-the-art technology and medical equipment to conservatively treat herniated discs, as well as a wide range of associated conditions including bulging discs, slipped discs, pinched nerves, and sciatica.
To provide easy access and ensure each patient receives quality care, the spine surgeons of New Jersey Spine Specialists are affiliated with Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, Overlook Hospital in Summit, Morristown Medical Center, and Hackensack University Medical Center. The renowned team of spine surgeons are highly trained and experienced in treating a broad spectrum of spine conditions ranging from herniated discs to the most severe degenerative cases. Furthermore, the unparalleled team frequently performs minimally invasive surgical procedures, microdiscectomy, total disc replacements, spinal fusions, and lumbar laminectomy, and spinal deformity corrective surgery. For residents living in Hackensack or surrounding towns including Dumont, Franklin Lakes, and Little Ferry, NJSS welcomes you to seek pain relief from New Jersey Spine Specialists by calling (908) 738-1679 today.
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