If you suffer from intermittent or continuous back pain, sciatica, muscle weakness or numbness in the leg or foot, you could have a ruptured or herniated lumbar disc. The lumbar spine is located at the bottom of the backbone, just before it joins with the hipbone. Because of this location, it carries more weight, endures more wear and tear and is more susceptible to injuries, like lumbar disc herniation.
The lumbar spine contains 5 vertebrae, each separated by a disc, which absorbs shock and impact as the body moves. If one or more spinal discs rupture or herniate, they could affect the spinal nerves, causing lower back pain, spasms or numbness.
Lumbar disc herniation treatment options
Lumbar disc herniation can cause significant pain and make regular daily activities difficult to manage. Below are treatment options your doctor may recommend. Treatment, however, is individualized based on each patient’s unique situation:
- Bed rest to reduce inflammation and allow the body to heal
- Education on proper movement and technique to avoid further injury
- Physical therapy (e.g., massage and exercise programs)
- Weight management to relieve pressure on the spine
- Lumbosacral back brace to support the spine
If none of these treatment options are successful, or you have a severe condition or injury, surgery may be recommended to remove the herniated or ruptured disc. Surgery is conducted under general anesthesia. Your doctor will make a small incision in your lower back, at or near the location of the herniated disc, so they can easily remove the herniated part of it and any other loose pieces. Following surgery, you may be required to restrict your daily activity for several weeks while you heal and to prevent further lumbar disc herniation.
If you suffer from acute, intermittent or continuous lower back pain and are looking for expert pain treatment services in Central Florida, contact Right Path Pain & Spine Centers at 866-522-4942. Our specialists have over 30 years of combined experience helping patients like you improve their quality of life by treating conditions or injuries that affect the back, neck, spine and legs.