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Herniated Disc Back Surgery


Herniated discs are caused by too much stress or strain on spinal discs, the cushions located between each vertebrae of the spine. If the hard outer covering of the disc tears, the inner disc, made up of a gel-like substance, can bulge out and place intense pressure on the nerves. This can happen suddenly or over time, but those enduring this type of pain and discomfort have options for relief.

Back-pain sufferers may ask themselves, “How do I know if I have a herniated disc?” Pain and numbness are common symptoms of herniated discs, however these symptoms are also common of arthritis in your back. Only a doctor can truly determine whether a patient’s spinal disc problems are in fact herniated discs.

Before going right to surgery, a doctor will usually first suggest non-surgical forms of treatment such as spinal decompression therapy, medication, epidural and possible heat therapy. If these options fail to provide relief, surgery may be the final resort. Herniated disc surgery recovery time varies depending on the type of surgery that is performed. Foramenotomy has a shorter recovery time than discectomy. But recovering from back surgery is no easy task and requires time and patience.

On average, patients need six to eight weeks of rest and relaxation for a full recovery. This includes avoiding any heavy lifting. A positive attitude has also been found to improve recovery. For more information, please visit:


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