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Also called a slipped disc, a herniated disc indicates a problem with the vertebra (bones in your spine). Healthy discs act as shock absorbers for these bones when you move. A herniated disc occurs when the soft center of the disc squeezes out through the dense outer layer, causing inflammation and pain. The most common site for a herniated disc is the lower back, but it can occur in the neck, too.
At Dignity Health, we have board-certified orthopedists that can find the source of your back pain and expertly treat your herniated disc in Arizona. Call 855.401.8045 or Find a Doctor online today for personal care.
Herniated disc in the lower back (also called the lumbar spine) can cause:
Herniated disc in the neck (cervical spine) can cause:
Bending over, sneezing, coughing, or sitting down abruptly can worsen herniated disc symptoms because these movements put extra pressure on the affected nerve.
See a Dignity Health doctor for new or worsening symptoms of a herniated disc. Extreme pressure on a nerve (nerve compression) requires professional medical help because it can lead to permanent damage.
The risk of herniated disc is greater in people who:
Doctors diagnose herniated disc based on your symptoms, a physical exam, and tests to look at your spine and nerve function. Your doctor may ask you to walk, bend over, lie down, and twist, so they can trigger your symptoms and pinpoint the source of your pain. Testing may be needed to confirm the diagnosis.
After your diagnosis, your Dignity Health doctor will develop a personalized treatment plan for you. Most people with a herniated disc feel better with conservative treatments, such as:
In some cases, surgery is necessary to remove all or part of the herniated disc.
No matter your needed treatment, trust our orthopedics team to walk you through each treatment and help you live pain free.
Dignity Health provides for top-notch care for your herniated disc or other back problems in Arizona.