Herniated Disk

Herniated Disk

A herniated disk, as known as a slipped disk or ruptured disk, occurs when one of the rubbery cushions (disks) that sits between the vertebrae moves out of potion. While a herniated disk can occur in any part of the spine, it most often occurs in the lower back, resulting in pain, numbness or weakness in various areas of the body.

The following factors may increase the risk of a herniated disk:

● Being overweight

● Having a physically demanding occupation

● Genetics

● Smoking

● Frequently driving

● Leading a sedentary lifestyle

FAQs: Herniated Disk in Staten Island, NY at Still Well Pain Management

What are the causes of a herniated disk?

A herniated disk is most often the result of disk degeneration, gradual wear and tear as you age. Over time, your disks become less flexible and more prone to tearing or rupturing with even a minor strain or twist.

What are the symptoms of a herniated disk?

Symptoms of a herniated disk will depend on where the disk is located and whether it is pressing on a nerve. When your herniated disk is in your lower back, it can cause pain there and in other areas such as your leg, buttocks and foot. For a herniated disk in your neck, you’ll typically feel sharp, burning pain in your shoulder and arm. Herniated disks can also cause numbness or tingling and muscle weakness. You may even have a herniated disk without any symptoms at all.

How can I help prevent a herniated disk?

Ways to help prevent a ruptured disk include exercising, maintaining good posture, maintaining a healthy weight and quitting smoking.

How is a herniated disk treated?

Recommend treatments for herniated disks include lifestyle changes to avoid pain-causing movement, pain medications, cortisone injections and physical therapy. In rare cases, surgical options may be explored.

How can I get started with herniated disk treatments in Staten Island?

To learn more about how these treatments can help relieve the pain of your herniated disk, call 718-448-6373 or request a consultation online today.

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