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Herniated Disc Specialist

Pain Management Specialists & Anesthesiologists located in Des Moines, IA & West Des Moines, IA

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Herniated Disc services offered in West Des Moines IA

Recurrent neck or back pain is a telltale sign of a herniated disc in your spine. At Metro Anesthesia & Pain Management in West Des Moines and Des Moines, Iowa, the board-certified anesthesiologists and pain management specialists take a multimodal approach to reduce inflammation from a herniated disc and promote healing. They provide many in-office treatments to reduce co-pay and deductible costs for their patients. To learn more, call Metro Anesthesia & Pain Management or schedule an appointment online today.

Herniated Disc Q & A

What is a herniated disc?

A rubbery disc that provides cushion and mild flexibility lie between each of the 33 vertebrae in your spine. Each disc includes a hard outer shell and a gel-like center. Cracks in the casing can cause the soft center to push through, leading to a herniated disc. 

A herniated disc causes inflammation that irritates surrounding nerves and leads to chronic pain.

While a herniated disc can affect any part of the spine, it’s most common in the lumbar spine (lower back). The cervical spine (neck) is also susceptible to herniated discs. They’re less common in the thoracic spine (mid-back).

What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?

The symptoms of a herniated disc often depend on the location of the injury. A cervical herniated disc typically causes different symptoms than lumbar or thoracic spine herniations.

Common symptoms of a herniated disc include:

  • Neck or lower back pain
  • Pain in the arms, shoulder, or legs
  • Tingling or weakness in the extremities
  • Muscle spasms
  • Stiff neck

If your disc isn’t pressing on a nerve, you may not realize you have a herniation. Over time, however, the disc can continue to degenerate and compress your surrounding nerves.

What causes a herniated disc?

The most common cause of a herniated disc is the gradual erosion of its protective outer shell. The jelly-like center may push through as small cracks and tears develop in the disc. Common risk factors for herniated discs include:

Age

The discs in the spine become less flexible with age. As a result, they’re more vulnerable to wear-and-tear.

Occupation

Repetitive stress on the lower back from lifting heavy objects, twisting, and standing for long periods can put pressure on the spinal discs.

Weight

Excess weight adds stress to the spine, accelerating damage to the discs.

Genetics

If a close relative, such as your mother, father, or sibling, has a history of herniated discs, you’re more likely to experience the condition.

What are the best treatments for a herniated disc?

The pain specialists at Metro Anesthesia & Pain Management offer multiple modalities to relieve pain from a herniated disc effectively. Common treatments include:

  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Ketamine IV therapy
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Stem cell therapy

To learn more about treatment for a herniated disc, call Metro Anesthesia & Pain Management or schedule an appointment online today.

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