At Active Lifestyle Medical VA in Potomac Falls, we are able to assess your specific situation and create the best treatment plan for you.
Spinal discs are comprised of a harder outer shell with a jelly-like interior that provides a cushion for the vertebrae. When the outer shell is damaged, the softer material inside can leak out and put pressure on the surrounding nerves. The lower back and the neck are the most common areas to be affected by a herniated disc.
While trauma, like excessive lifting or a car accident, can cause a herniated disc, it’s more common for age, genetics, or lifestyle factors to cause the condition. Disc degeneration due to aging and simple wear and tear can be the culprit, because discs lose flexibility as you age, making them vulnerable to tearing. Weight, genetics, and occupation can also impact your risk of developing a herniated disc.
DISC INJURY IN Potomac Falls
When painful or debilitating symptoms occur from a herniated disc, prompt treatment is recommended. Drs. Arndt and Borthakur at Active Lifestyle Medical use advanced imaging to diagnose herniated discs and offer the care that’s best suited for your needs.
Specific treatments they can offer you include:
- SpineMED® spinal decompression
- Spinal alignment
- Therapeutic exercise
These noninvasive approaches can offer long-term relief from symptoms while improving overall health.
SYMPTOMS ASSOCIATED WITH A HERNIATED DISC
You can have a herniated disc and have no symptoms at all, but that’s not the case for many people. When the jelly-like material pushes out from inside the harder outer shell, it puts pressure on the surrounding nerves and tissue and may cause pain and inflammation. Some symptoms associated with a herniated disc include:
- Pain in the back, buttocks, leg, and calf
- Arm or shoulder pain
- Tingling or numbness
- Weakness in a leg or arm
HOW IS SPINAL DECOMPRESSION USED TO TREAT HERNIATED DISCS?
SpineMED® spinal decompression uses a state-of-the-art computerized machine to effectively treat herniated disks. This new technology is celebrated for its 95% success rate for treating disc bulges and herniation of the neck and low back.
Drs. Arndt and Borthakur will also educate you on your condition to help you understand the best options for preventing further injuries to your spinal discs.