At Southeastern Spine Center, we philosophically believe that education is an integral part of the plan of care for our patients. Understanding their condition and treatment options is key for patients to make an informed decision for their road to recovery. Below is some basic information about commonly treated conditions. You may also view our Helpful Links page for additional resources.
Herniated Disc: Discs are located between the vertebrae of the spine and have a jelly-like center. A herniated disc occurs when the center bulges or ruptures pushing the outer edge of the disc into the spinal canal, putting pressure on the nerves.
Symptoms may include dull or sharp pain, muscle spasm or cramping, sciatica, and leg weakness or loss of leg function. Sneezing, coughing or bending usually intensifies the pain. According to recent statistics, about one in every 50 people experience a herniated disc.
Degenerative Disc Disease: Discs act as shock absorbers between the vertebrae of the spine. Over time these discs can wear down decreasing space where the nerves exit the vertebra.
Pain may or may not be associated with the initial onset of the disease. When pain is associated it can take the form of back pain, leg pain and/or weakness due to compression of the nerve roots.