A herniated disk occurs when one of the cushions between the bones in your spine slips out of place, sometimes causing pain in your arm or leg. In most cases, you will be able to relieve the pain using medications and physical therapy.
“Depending on your level of pain, your doctor may recommend anything from over-the-counter pain medications to nerve pain medications or cortisone injections,” says Brandon J. Scott, DO, neurosurgeon at Saint Francis Medical Center. “Through physical therapy, you can learn exercises that will lessen your pain.”
For a small number of patients, surgery may be the best way to relieve the pain. Surgical options include:
Diskectomy: The surgeon removes the part of the disk that is protruding.
Fusion: The surgeon removes the disk and fuses the bones together.
Disk replacement: The surgeon removes the disk and replaces it with a prosthetic.
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