Franz Jones, D.O.
Pain Management Specialist located in Weston, FL, Plantation, FL, & Pembroke Pines, FL
If you suffer from low back or neck pain, a herniated disc could be the root cause of your discomfort. Franz Jones, DO, offers expert diagnosis and treatment for herniated discs at his two practices located conveniently in Fort Lauderdale and Coral Gables, Florida. If you have back pain, call Dr. Jones or schedule a consultation online today for customized treatments to alleviate your pain and treat the condition causing it.
Herniated Disc Q & A
What is a herniated disc?
You have rubbery discs between your vertebrae to cushion your bones, absorb shock, and facilitate movement in your spine. Each disc has a firm, rubbery shell that surrounds a softer, gel-like interior.
A herniated disc develops when a tear in the exterior allows the soft inside to bulge out. Herniated discs can develop anywhere in your spine, but they’re most often found in your neck or lower back.
The most common symptom of a herniated disc is pain, especially if it compresses a nerve. For example, a herniated disc in your lumbar spine is the most common cause of sciatica. Herniated discs can also cause weakness or numbness in your extremities.
What causes herniated discs?
Many factors contribute to herniated discs. For example, as you age, your spinal discs become dry and less flexible, which makes them more vulnerable to injury.
In addition to acute injuries from incorrect lifting or sudden twists in your spine, you may also develop a herniated disc because of general wear-and-tear.
Some of the factors that increase your risk of a herniated disc include your weight, occupation, and genetics. For example, if you have a physically demanding career that requires lifting, bending, pushing, and twisting, it can stress your discs.
How are herniated discs diagnosed?
Dr. Jones provides comprehensive exams and testing to diagnose herniated discs. He examines your spine and asks about your symptoms, general health, and lifestyle.
He may also order diagnostic imaging tests such as X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, and myelograms to examine your spine in more detail.
How are herniated discs treated?
Dr. Jones creates a personalized treatment plan based on your symptoms and overall health. You may benefit from:
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Corticosteroid injections
- Ice and heat therapy
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
- Stem cell therapy
Dr. Jones may also recommend lifestyle modifications to help you lose weight and improve the strength and flexibility in the muscles that support your spine. In severe cases, you may need surgery such as laminectomy or discectomy to repair or remove your damaged disc.
If you have back or neck pain, call Dr. Jones or schedule an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and customized treatment.