Everyone experiences lower back pain from time to time whether it’s dull, stabbing or shooting pain. Even if you don’t remember doing something to jar your back you should see a doctor if your lower back pain lasts for more than 3 days (72 hours) or if your back pain is accompanied by tingling, numbness or shooting pain in the leg. It could be a herniated lumbar disc, sometimes called a bulging disc, that is causing the back pain and/or sciatica nerve pain in the legs. Typically this will only feel better with treatment.
A herniated disc occurs when the jelly-like fluid that should remain between our vertebrae begins to push up against or leak through the outer ring of one (or more) of the lower back vertebrae. Once outside of the disc, the fluid puts pressure on the nerve which causes pain.
Once your spine specialist has determined through testing that you have one or more herniated discs, he or she will recommend the best options for treatment.
Most often a non-surgical treatment plan will be started with one or more of the following treatments:
If after six weeks there isn’t an improvement in the pain using the non-surgical methods, a neurosurgeon can perform lumbar disc microsurgery. Watch a video that explains more about this minimally-invasive surgery. Surgery is highly successful with only about 10% of patients who will have a recurrence of the herniation in the same place.
If you are experiencing this type of pain, please contact Dr. Fayaz’s office for a consultation.