Herniated Disc

A common back problem occurs when vertebral disks tear, bulge, or rupture. In such cases, an injured disk can no longer cushion the vertebrae and absorb shock. This can lead to pain, stiffness, and other symptoms. 
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A herniated disk happens when a spinal disk tears. Spinal disks are gel-filled cushions that sit between the bones of the spine (vertebrae). If a disk tears, the center may bulge out. The disk may then press on nearby nerves. This can cause severe pain. Numbness or tingling in an arm or leg may also occur. You may need X-rays of the spine.

If you've had the pain for a few weeks and it is not getting better after treatment, you may need an MRI scan. Treatment for a herniated disk usually involves pain medicines and home care. Surgery is not usually done to treat a herniated disk unless the nerve problem is causing weakness or numbness.

Our Approach

M Health Fairview physicians provide the most up-to-date, effective treatments for herniated disks. The care team at our Orthopedic Clinic is dedicated to delivering excellent care, innovative research and meaningful educational programs for all of our patients with herniated disk.

Treatments, Tests, and Procedures

Spinal Surgery

Traditional spine surgery consists of using bone grafts to fuse adjacent vertebrae, stabilizing your spine and providing relief from your pain. In the process, however, you may lose some range of motion. New artificial disks may enable you to maintain your range of motion.
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Arthroscopic Surgery

Arthroscopy is a frequently used procedure by orthopedic surgeons to examine, diagnose, and treat disorders inside a joint. Arthroscopic surgery is an option for a number of medical conditions, including: achilles tendonitis, arthritis, bone fracture, heel spur, herniated disc, and more.
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Casting, Bracing, and Splinting

Injuries to bones often require immobilization through a cast, brace, or splint. Other reasons include genetic disorders, such as scoliosis, as well as surgeriews where an intervention is required in order for the affected area to heal properly.
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There may be other treatments, test, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:

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