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Herniated Disc Pain Management

Canyon Pain Center is a pain management clinic that specializes in treating herniated discs in the Phoenix area.

Herniated Disc Treatment at Our Phoenix Pain Clinic

At Canyon Pain Center in Phoenix, Arizona, we understand the significant impact that herniated discs can have on your life. The pain and reduced mobility can be overwhelming, making even the simplest tasks feel impossible. That’s why our compassionate team of specialists is dedicated to providing personalized, innovative care to help you find relief and reclaim your quality of life.

We recognize that every patient’s experience with a herniated disc is unique, and we take the time to understand your specific needs. By addressing the symptoms and underlying causes of your condition, we aim to provide the comprehensive care you need to heal and move forward with confidence. At Canyon Pain Center, we’re more than just healthcare providers – we’re your partners in managing herniated discs effectively.1

Get connected with us today and begin your pain healing journey.

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What is a Herniated Disc?

A herniated disc occurs when an intervertebral disc’s soft, gel-like center pushes through a tear in the more rigid exterior layer. This condition can lead to severe pain and reduced mobility, as the herniated material may press on nearby nerves. Unfortunately, many people with herniated discs don’t receive the proper treatment they need, leading to ongoing pain and increasing difficulties.

The effects of untreated herniated discs can be far-reaching, limiting your ability to work, enjoy hobbies, and even perform simple tasks like walking or bending. Studies have shown that people with untreated herniated discs often experience a lower quality of life, with impacts on their physical, emotional, and social well-being. That’s why it’s so important to seek help from a knowledgeable and caring team like the one at Canyon Pain Center.2

Understanding Herniated Disc Signs & Symptoms

Back pain is a primary symptom of a herniated disc, often presenting as a persistent ache or sharp pain in the affected spine area. If the herniation is not treated properly, this pain can become chronic. It may worsen with activities such as bending, lifting, or sitting for long periods. Early diagnosis and management are essential to alleviate pain and prevent further disc degeneration.
Leg pain, commonly known as sciatica, occurs when a herniated disc compresses the sciatic nerve. This pain radiates from the lower back down through the hips, buttocks, and legs and is often described as sharp, burning, or tingling. Managing leg pain through targeted treatments, such as physical therapy, medication, and minimally invasive procedures, can help relieve symptoms and restore normal nerve function.
Numbness and tingling in the arms or legs are common herniated disc symptoms. This occurs when the herniated material compresses or irritates nearby nerves, leading to a loss of sensation or a “pins and needles” feeling in the affected areas. Addressing numbness and tingling through a comprehensive treatment plan that includes medication, physical therapy, and lifestyle adjustments can help improve sensation and overall quality of life.

How Herniated Discs Affect The Body

To effectively manage and treat herniated discs, it’s crucial to understand how they affect your body. When the soft inner material of a disc pushes through a tear in the outer layer, it can cause a range of symptoms, including:

  • Harp or Burning Pain: Depending on the location of the herniated disc, this pain can occur in the lower back, neck, or legs. It often radiates from the spine to other areas, causing significant discomfort.
  • Numbness, Tingling, or Weakness: These sensations are typically felt in the areas served by the affected nerves, such as the arms, hands, legs, or feet. This can lead to a loss of sensation or muscle strength.
  • Pain That Worsens with Movement or Certain Positions: Activities such as bending, lifting, twisting, or sitting can exacerbate the pain. Specific positions or movements can increase pressure on the herniated disc, intensifying symptoms.
  • Muscle Spasms or Cramping: The body’s response to nerve irritation can include involuntary muscle contractions, which may cause additional pain and stiffness.
  • Difficulty with Balance or Coordination: Severe herniated discs can affect your ability to maintain balance or coordinate movements, leading to a risk of falls or other injuries.

 

At Canyon Pain Center, our specialists focus on advanced pain management techniques to alleviate your symptoms and promote healing. We take a comprehensive approach, considering the specific changes in your spine caused by the herniated disc.

Common Causes of Herniated Discs

Several factors can contribute to the development of herniated discs, characterized by the bulging of intervertebral disc material and associated pain. While the exact cause may vary, some common factors have been identified:
  • Age: The natural aging process leads to the breakdown of disc material over time, making discs more prone to herniation. As we age, the discs in our spine lose hydration and elasticity, which decreases their ability to cushion the vertebrae effectively.
  • Trauma: Injuries from falls, accidents, or other trauma can cause discs to herniate.
  • Genetic Predisposition: Certain genetic factors may increase an individual’s likelihood of developing herniated discs. A family history of disc problems can heighten this risk.
  • Overuse: Repetitive stress and overuse from activities such as heavy lifting, high-impact sports, or repetitive motions can contribute to disc herniation. This is often seen in individuals whose occupations or hobbies involve strenuous physical activity.
  • Obesity: Excess body weight can put additional stress on the spine, leading to quicker disc wear and tear and increasing the risk of herniation.
  • Improper Lifting: Lifting heavy objects improperly can put excessive pressure on the spine, causing discs to herniate.
  Understanding these common causes can help individuals take proactive steps to reduce risk and seek appropriate treatment when necessary.

How We Treat Herniated Discs At Our Phoenix Office

Our treatment plan for herniated discs is customized to meet each patient’s needs and condition. We begin with a thorough assessment to determine the severity of the condition and any underlying factors contributing to it. Based on this assessment, we create a personalized treatment plan that may include:
  • Physical Therapy: Customized exercises to strengthen the back and core muscles, improve posture, and enhance mobility.
  • Spinal Injections: Corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain in the affected discs.
  • Minimally Invasive Procedures: Techniques such as microdiscectomy or percutaneous discectomy to relieve nerve pressure and improve function.
  • Lifestyle Modifications: Guidance on avoiding activities and modifications to daily routines to prevent further disc damage.3
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Get Help for Herniated Discs Today

If you’re struggling with the pain of a herniated disc, know that you don’t have to face it alone. Our compassionate team at Canyon Pain Center is here to help you find relief and improve your quality of life. With our comprehensive treatments and personalized approach, we’ll work with you to develop a pain management plan tailored to your unique needs.

Don’t let herniated discs hold you back any longer – contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a more comfortable, active life.

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Meet Our Phoenix Pain Management Staff

Lisa Wakefield, FNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

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Lisa is an experienced pain management provider dedicated to helping patients regain quality of life. Lisa’s goal is to create an individualized pain treatment plan that leads towards improved mobility and pain reduction. 

Corrine Bender, DC

Chiropractor

Dr. Bender has over 30 years of extensive experience in various areas and a loyal patient base. She specializes in personal injury cases, pediatric patients, sports-related injuries among athletes, and geriatric patients.