Disc Degeneration (Herniated, Ruptured or Slipped Disc)

Overview

Degeneration (thinning, bulging, cracking) of the soft discs that separate bony vertebrae can come with age and general wear-and-tear on the back. This can include loss of cushioning fluid in the discs, which reduces their ability to absorb shock and allows the vertebrae to move closer together. That’s why most of us lose 1 to 2 inches in height by age 70. Cracks or tears in the disc allow the “jelly” inside the disc to escape, causing a bulge… this is a herniated disc, ruptured disc or slipped disc. Smoking, obesity and hard physical work increases your likelihood of developing a degenerated disc or discs.

How Our Doctors Diagnose

We begin with a physical examination and a thorough discussion of the pain you’re experiencing and your medical history. We’ll perform a discogram, an imaging technique that “lights up” the disc(s) with contrast dye, so we can detect damage or dysfunction.

Treatment Options

  • Dorsal root ganglion therapy (DRG)
  • Spinal cord stimulation (SCS)
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS)
  • Epidural steroid injection (ESI)
  • Facet joint injections
  • Lumbar epidural steroid injections(LESI)
  • Transforaminal epidural steroid injections (Transforaminal ESI)
  • Radiofrequency ablation (neuorotomy) (RFA)
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You will not be disappointed

It is always a pleasure coming to SJPS. Everyone is so pleasant and care about your needs. I would and have recommended them to family and friends. You will not be disappointed

K.A.

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My experience with Spine and Joint Pain group has been amazing the procedure on my spine went well and uneventful the procedure was clearly explained and of what to possibly expect from the procedure I would highly recommend them.

Rena S.

All-in-all it was a pleasurable experience.

Greeted with a smile & good morning. All questions were answered to my satisfaction.
The Physician Associate was knowledgeable & demonstrated concern for my discomfort. A plan for my care was discussed, including follow up. He detailed what to expect, what needed to be done, & addressed all current concerns. All-in-all it was a pleasurable experience. Would highly recommend the Spine & Joint Pain Specialists.

BG H
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