The herniation of a disc or disc rupture can be an extremely painful event. The disc of the spine is a very sensitive structure that not only acts as a cushion or shock absorber to resist the effects of gravity on the human spinal column, but also is a very sensitive neurological tissue that helps control position sense and helps to protect the very delicate spinal cord and nerve roots.
If the disc is injured either through compressive changes as a result of poor postural habits or from a direct trauma, the tissue of the disc can tear and can lead to very significant pain, disability, numbness, tingling, and radiating pain.
The tissue that herniates can compress the nerves that exit the spinal column and this compression can lead to very severe pain along the course of the nerve, and, if the nerve sends strength, energy , and information to an organ, the organ can also be adversely affected. Disc herniation is common, and is complicated by poor conditioning of core muscles as well as poor postural habits and lifting/bending in an improper fashion. Because the pain of disc herniation is so severe, many suffering patients are sent to surgery to remove the disc material.
Unfortunately, most lumbar disc surgeries for disc herniation are just the first step in needing future surgeries, and finally succumbing to fusion surgery, which has a poor long term prognosis and often results in significant reduction in function. Fortunately, the doctors at Benchmark Medical Group in Windsor may have a conservative, non-surgical solution to your disc herniation. Following a thorough orthopedic and neurological examination as well as any necessary imaging, a determination can be made if you are a candidate for the rehabilitation programs that are provided in our state-of-the-art-facility. Don’t delay your recovery any longer, call today to schedule a complimentary consultation!