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By Wilson Almonte MD
February 15, 2021
Category: Back Pain
Tags: Herniated Disc  

Are you looking for treatment for your herniated disc? If you believe you have a herniated disc or are experiencing severe spinal pain after a back injury, schedule an appointment with your Sugarland or Victoria, TX, doctor. Finding the right treatment for a herniated disc can be hard. Dr. Wilson Almonte and Dr. Ted Lin of Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center, and Brazos Pain Management are here to provide careful attention to your needs. Together we can find a treatment path that works for you!

What is a Herniated Disc?

Your vertebra is cushioned by round discs with a protective outer layer. A herniated disc occurs when a fragment of the disc nucleus is pushed out of that outer layer, into the spine. The deviated disc presses on spinal nerves which can cause severe pain depending on the location. This injury is most common in the lower back but it can also affect the neck.

Your disc may become slipped after a severe back injury. You might feel a dull ache, pain while moving, or severe spinal pain. The pain management specialists at Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center and Brazos Pain Management will assess your injury and design a specialized treatment procedure. Your procedure could include a combination of the following types of treatment.

Types of Treatment for a Herniated Disc

  • Physical Therapy
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication
  • Maintaining a low level of activity
  • Stretching Exercises
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Massages
  • Electrical muscle stimulation
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Cervical Spine Surgery

The most common forms of treatment for a herniated disc are noninvasive. A healthy regimen of rest and physical therapy can drastically lower spinal nerve inflammation and ease your pain. It is important to keep this inflammation down to allow for the spine to heal. Anti-inflammatory medication can also help reduce pain and swelling, giving you room to actively heal your herniated disc with low-impact stretching activities. Dr. Lin or Dr. Almonte, in Victoria and Sugarland, TX, can give you a definitive diagnosis to begin your specific treatment. Discuss the benefits of surgery, especially if you experience pain related to your herniated disc.

To learn more about the treatment options available for a herniated disc call Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center at (361) 575-2882, and Brazos Pain Management at (281) 240-4300. Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center is located in Victoria, TX, Brazos Pain Management, in Sugarland, TX. Schedule an appointment today to get your backbone back!

If you’re dealing with back or neck pain due to degenerative discs, we can help you get your pain under control.

Our bodies change as we get older, but not all changes are pleasant. As we age, our spinal discs can develop signs of wear. Unfortunately, this everyday wear and tear can result in a sometimes-painful condition known as degenerative disc disease. If you are dealing with back or neck pain and you’re wondering why, our Victoria and Sugar Land TX, pain management doctors Dr. Wilson Almonte and Dr. Ted Lin can determine whether you could have degenerative disc disease and what to do about it.

What is degenerative disc disease?

This condition occurs over the years, as a result of constant motion and stress on the spine. This normal wear and tear can lead to deterioration of the discs of the spine, particularly the neck and lower back. This is something that can and often does get worse as we get older. While this certainly sounds like an uncomfortable issue this is not considered a disease, since this is something that naturally occurs with age.

How do I know that I’m dealing with degenerative disc disease?

You may notice pain flaring up in the location around the degenerating disc. The pain may get worse for days or even weeks before weakening into a low-grade but persistent form of pain. You may also be dealing with degenerative disc disease if you notice,

  • Pain that gets worse when lifting, bending or twisting
  • Pain that is alleviated when sitting or lying down
  • Pain that gets worse with prolonged sitting but is alleviated by changing positions regularly
  • Pain that may radiate to the shoulders, hands, hip, buttock or legs
  • Muscle tension
  • Instability or weakness of the spine

How is degenerative disc disease treated?

You’ll be happy to hear that unlike certain conditions such as arthritis, degenerative disc disease will usually not lead to worsening pain or discomfort over time, nor will it lead to disability. Surgery is rarely needed, and our Sugar Land, TX, pain doctors can help ease symptoms associated with degenerative disc disease with simple non-surgical treatment options.

Some of the ways that our pain management team here at Victoria, TX, will help you manage degenerative disc disease is with,

  • Over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers
  • Heating or ice therapy
  • Spinal manipulation and massage therapy
  • Epidural steroid injections

If you are dealing with back or neck pain that is worse when sitting, or you notice numbness or tingling in the arms or legs, you could be dealing with degenerative disc disease. Call Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center, and Brazos Pain Management in Victoria or Sugar Land, TX today. To contact Victoria Pain & Rehabilitation Center, call (361) 575-2882. For Brazos Pain Management, call (281) 240-4300.