Lumbar Herniated Disc
Lumbar herniated disc, also known as slipped or ruptured disc, is a condition in which an intervertebral disc in the lower back ruptures, causing the soft inner material to escape from its normal space and compress the spinal cord or the surrounding nerves.
It is one of the most common causes of lower back and leg pain.
A herniated disc can be caused by a sudden fall or acute back strain, but many patients do not recall any specific activity or event that led to the onset of symptoms. Other causes include wear and tear and repetitive bending and twisting.
The most frequent symptom of a lumbar disc herniation is back pain that radiates to the buttocks and legs. The pain can be mild or severe and is typically aggravated by movement. Other symptoms such as numbness, tingling and muscle weakness may also occur.
At Lancaster Orthopedic Group, our spine specialists are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of spine injuries and conditions, such as lumbar herniated disc. Your physician will assess and diagnose your injury or condition and recommend the best course of treatment.
Conservative treatment of a lumbar herniated disc includes modification of activities, anti-inflammatory and pain medications, muscle relaxants, spinal injections, braces, physical therapy, and acupuncture. In cases of spinal instability, neurological dysfunction, or persistent pain that fails to respond to conservative treatment, your physician may recommend surgery.