Herniated Disc Treatment at our Miami clinic
Herniated Disc / Discs treatment
Healthy discs in your spine allow you to stretch up and down, arch from side to side, and twist comfortably and easily. When problems develop in your discs, normal daily activities become challenging and painful, and your quality of life can quickly go downhill.
At Icon Medical Centers in Miami, Florida, we are skilled in diagnosing and treating disorders and injuries of your spinal discs. If you are in pain, call our Miami Chiropractic office today to schedule your examination so we can diagnose the problem and begin your treatment.
What Are Spinal Discs?
The discs in your spine are cushions between your vertebrae that keep the bones of the spine from touching and also give your spine its flexibility and range of motion. Discs are often compared to jelly donuts because of their tougher exterior and squishy interior.
A herniated disc occurs when a bit of the softer center of the disc pushes through the tougher exterior. The result is usually quite painful.
Herniated Disc Symptoms
Pain is the most common symptom of a herniated disc, and the exact location of the pain can vary depending on the location of the herniated disc. For example, a herniated disc in the neck will cause pain in the shoulders and arms, and a herniated disc in the mid to lower back will cause pain in the buttocks, legs and feet. This pain tends to be sharp and radiating, and the intensity can increase with movement.
Other symptoms include numbness, tingling and weakness in the extremities. In extreme cases, a herniated disc can lead to a condition called cauda equina syndrome, in which you could lose control of your bladder or bowels. This is a medical emergency, so call our Miami office right away if this occurs.
Treating a Herniated Disc
Fast treatment at our Miami office can resolve the pain of a herniated disc and restore lost function. Treating a herniated disc usually involves a combination of physical therapy and medications. At Icon Medical Centers in Miami, our physical therapists are skilled at treating this condition and can help you recover.
Physical therapy at our Miami office will focus on rehabilitating your core strength and may include a combination of:
- Heat and ice therapy
- Short-term bracing
- Electrical stimulation therapy
Our Miami physicians may also provide medications to help control your pain while you recover, and these may include non-steroidal anti-inflammatories and other painkillers as well as muscle relaxers. In some cases, your Miami doctor may provide you with steroid injections.
In severe cases, surgery may be required to correct a herniated disc. If we believe that surgery is necessary in your case, your Miami doctor will discuss this with you.
Call our Miami office today to schedule your appointment with one of our excellent providers. Herniated discs require prompt treatment to heal, so let us help you get your life back.