We always take a conservative approach to your herniated disc treatment. While medication and physical therapy take preference, we may also suggest surgery. If your herniated disc requires surgery we will perform the safest and most effective spine surgery procedures available.*

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Herniated Disc

A herniated disc is a very common injury with more than 3 million cases reported in the United States each year. A herniated disc occurs when the fragile inner casings of the spine’s vertebrae shift out of place. In effect, this also causes the discs in between vertebrae to be damaged. This can cause pain and discomfort not only in the back but the whole body. The vertebrae allows the back to be flexible and strong, with a herniated disc, people suffer from a severe lack of mobility and pain. It is crucial to consult a doctor on suspicion of a herniated disc.

Our spine doctors have decades of experience treating patients just like you. We provide the right treatment for your needs. We have offices located throughout Greater New York City, Long Island, White Plains and Newburgh, NY. Contact us today for a free consultation.


Quality Care

You are supplied specialized care that fits your needs as directed by our back and neck specialists. This incorporates moderate physical therapy and pain control or if needed, superior spinal procedures or surgeries.

Industry Leaders

Our institution is guided by the leadership of our medical director, Alexandre B. de Moura, M.D., FAAOS. The spine doctors at NYSI are industry leaders in complex spine disorder treatment with decades of experience.

Multiple Languages

NYSI works to give back pain treatment services to patients from all around the world. Our professional staff speaks a mixture of languages including Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, and Russian.

Understanding the Causes Of Your Herniated Disc

A herniated disc may show up gradually or over a period of time. Pain is typically felt in the lumbar region (low back) but can extend to the inside, backside or front of your lower extremities. The pain can radiate to the buttocks, back of thighs and even below the knee. When you have a herniated disc, you have pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling.

A herniated disc occurs when the outer ring of your spine becomes weakened or torn allowing the disc to slip out. This usually occurs with age. Specific movements can cause a slipped disc. Lifting heavy objects with improper posture. Having a job with physically demanding labor, or participating in contact sports all contribute to slipped discs. Additionally, improper diet and obesity increase risk by increasing the weight and strain on your vertebrae.

Diagnosing Your Herniated Disc

Symptoms involving, back pain, especially after heavy lifting, or an accident should be investigated immediately. A herniated disc will often include symptoms such as*:

  • Back, Leg, Foot, Arm pain
  • Leg Numbness
  • Neck stiffness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Pain, burning pin and needle sensations

Your spine specialist will perform a physical exam first to note your back pain history, they will note posture, range of motion, and other observable physical conditions. In some cases, you may need an X-Ray, MRI, or CT scan to diagnose the cause of your Herniated Disc. Visit your New York Spine Spine Specialists for imaging services diagnosis and proper treatment options.*

Treatment Options For Herniated Disc

Treatment for a herniated disc vary depending on severity of each patient’s unique circumstances. Minor injury or herniation may require the patient to self care with rest, stretch, and use anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce pain. More complicated injuries may require Physical therapy or medical procedure including therapeutic ultra sound, or epidural injections. The most severe cases may require surgical procedure.*

*The effectiveness of diagnosis and treatment will vary by patient and condition. New York Spine Institute does not guarantee certain results.

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