Mercy Pain Specialists Treat Patients With Disc Herniation

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Herniated disc, also known as disk herniation or disc rupture, may cause mild or severe pain in the lower back and can limit a patient’s daily activities. Our pain medicine experts at The Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at Mercy in Baltimore, Maryland, work closely with patients and members of their care team to diagnose and treat a herniated disc.

(Herniated disc - also spelled - disk herniation. For the purposes of this website Mercy Medical Center will use the spelling disc.)

About the Condition

A herniated disc is a medical condition that affects one of the fibrous rings between the individual bones of the spine. When the tougher, outer portion of a fibrous ring tears, the softer central portion of the ring bulges outward. This may result in pain or weakness of an arm or leg.

The lowest two joints of the spine and the base of the neck are typical locations for a herniated disc. A herniated disc is typically the result of gradual wear and tear due to aging. Trauma will rarely result in a herniated disc. Although a herniated disc is most common in older patients, disc degeneration can occur in young adults as well.

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Symptoms & Diagnostic Process

Disc herniation usually causes pain in the low back or base of the neck. If the disc herniation occurs near a spinal nerve root, it may irritate the root. The disc material may press upon the nerve causing more severe pain. In this case, the patient typically feels pain down the arm or leg along the course of the affected nerve.
Pain management specialists diagnose a herniated disc by conducting:

  • X-rays
  • MRI – magnetic resonance imaging
  • EMG's or Electromyograms (nerve tests)
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Treatment Options

Options for treating a herniated disc may include:

The doctors at The Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at Mercy work with individual patients and examine their symptoms to determine what treatment options best fit their needs.  They may also collaborate with other Centers of Mercy, including The Spine Center of Maryland, to develop treatment plans for patients with herniated discs.

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Patient Stories
Mercy Medical Center Patient in Baltimore

Rachel

Rachel’s herniated disc was treated successfully without surgery and she’s back to being a full-time mom again.