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Herniated Disc Specialist

Pacific Sports and Spine

Interventional Pain Specialists located in Eugene, OR

The intervertebral discs that cushion the bones that make up your spine are vulnerable to damage, leading to a herniated disc. Though a herniated disc doesn’t always cause symptoms, for some people, the damaged disc may press on a nerve root or the spinal cord and cause severe, debilitating pain. The experienced physicians at Pacific Sports and Spine specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of herniated discs. They use advanced tools and techniques to help you get relief from your pain. Call the office in Eugene, Oregon, or book an appointment online today.

Herniated Disc Q & A

What is a herniated disc?

Your spine has a series of bones called vertebrae, one stacked on top of another, and cushioned by an intervertebral disc. 

A herniated disc occurs when the soft gel-like center of the disc breaks through the tough exterior. The displacement of the disc may press on a nerve root or spinal cord, resulting in pain. 

Though you may develop a herniated disc in any part of your spine, they most often occur in the cervical (neck) or lumbar (lower back) spine.

The team at Pacific Sports and Spine specializes in diagnosing and treating all types of herniated discs, whether simple or complex. 

What are herniated disc symptoms?

Herniated disc symptoms vary depending on the area of the spine affected and whether the herniation affects a nerve or not. If your herniated disc isn’t compressing a nerve root or your spinal cord, you may feel a dull ache in your neck or back.

If your herniated disc is compressing a nerve, you may experience:

  • Neck or back pain
  • Pain that radiates to the arms or legs
  • Radiating numbness, tingling, or burning sensation
  • Weakness in the muscles in your arms or legs

You may develop a herniated disc after an unexpected accident. However, the herniation most often develops due to the natural degeneration of the disc that occurs as you get older, making it more vulnerable to tearing and herniation. 

Sciatica is a painful condition that often develops from a herniated disc in the lumbar spine. 

What happens during a herniated disc evaluation?

When you visit Pacific Sports and Spine for a herniated disc evaluation, you can expect an in-depth clinical exam. The goal of the exam is to determine the location and severity of your herniated disc so he can develop the most effective treatment plan.

During the evaluation, your provider reviews your symptoms, medical history, and performs a physical exam. To determine the location of your herniated disc, they order diagnostic imaging exams, such as an MRI, X-rays, or CT scan. 

How is a herniated disc treated?

Treatment for your herniated disc depends on the severity of the herniation, your symptoms, and your medical history. 

Pacific Sports and Spine takes a conservative and integrated approach to care and may recommend medical treatment for your herniated disc, such as pain medication, physical therapy, or epidural injection. 

If medical interventions fail to alleviate your pain or your pain worsens, the team may recommend surgical intervention.

If you know or suspect that you have a herniated disc, call Pacific Sports and Spine or book an appointment online today.