Oh, My Aching Back

Oh, My Aching Back

Are you constantly aware of your lower back? Lower back pain is estimated to plague 80% of American adults at some point during their life. The source of lower back pain can be from both injury and fatigue. If rest and over the counter anti-inflammatories don’t help, or if the pain radiates down through the buttocks and leg, it is time to contact the doctors of NewSouth NeuroSpine.

What Is A Herniated Disc?

The lumbar region of your spine corresponds to the abdominal section of your torso. This workhorse of your spinal column helps support your body weight and contains five of the large vertebrae. Each of these vertebrae are cushioned with discs that act as shock absorbers. The discs are made of a strong, outer layer covering and a gel-like center. When you hear the term herniated, slipped, or bulging disc, it means that the disc has become damaged or weakened to the point that it can no longer hold its shape. The pressure of the surrounding vertebra causes the disc to expand outward, where it can affect nerves in the surrounding area. This pressure on the nerve can cause shooting pains through the buttock and into the leg. The pain may feel like an uncomfortable burning or tingling, and some patients experience numbness in the leg and foot. 

The NS2 Treatment Philosophy

The physicians at NS2 are highly trained and are able to quickly evaluate your condition, in order to recommend the proper course of treatment. The NewSouth NeuroSpine philosophy is to start with the most conservative treatment until each individual patient finds relief. In the case of lumbar disc herniation, those treatment steps begin with limiting activities that may aggravate the condition. If unsuccessful, scans may be done to assure that the diagnosis is as exact as possible. Then, treatment through our physical medicine and pain management divisions may include epidural steroid injections. We only consider surgical intervention in most lumbar herniations as a last resort.

Get The Help You Need

There is no reason to suffer from the radiating pain of a lumbar disc herniation. There is also no reason to travel a great distance to benefit from world class physicians, in a state of the art facility. You can find both right here in Flowood, Mississippi, a short distance from Lakeland Drive. Contact NS2 today to request an appointment or ask your primary care physician to refer you to one of your doctors.