The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care
Dr. Okubadejo and The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care are committed to excellence by providing the highest quality of spinal care in New Jersey and New York.

Herniated Disc Treatment in New Jersey

When one of the discs in your spine is ruptured, it is known as a herniated disc. Herniated discs are one of the most common causes of back pain, and they can be extremely disruptive to your life. When you are in need of herniated disc treatment near New Jersey, it's time to contact Dr. Gbolahan Okubadejo, MD, FAAOS, at The Institute for Comprehensive Spine Care. We provide minimally invasive spinal surgery, disc replacement, and other state-of-the-art procedures, and we are committed to providing our patients with the best medical care possible.

What You Need to Know About Herniated Discs

  • Your spine contains 23 discs that serve to protect the bones of your vertebrae, absorbing shocks and cushioning them from the wear and tear of daily activity. These discs are largely composed of water, and they are flexible enough to allow your vertebrae to move when necessary.
  • As you age, however, the water begins to dissipate, making the discs increasingly hard, inelastic, and brittle. This raises a person's risk of suffering a herniated disc. Being overweight can also increase the likelihood of herniated discs.
  • A herniated disc happens when the hard outer layer of the disc is cracked, causing the gel inside to be pushed out. This may not cause any immediate symptoms, but as the gel pushes against nerves, you may notice numbness, weakness, or pain in your back, arms, or legs.
  • Herniated discs are most common in the lower back, but they can also happen in the upper back and the neck region.

Treating Herniated Discs

If the pain caused by your herniated discs is interfering with your life, there are a number of possible treatments. Physical therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, injection therapy, muscle relaxants, and corticosteroids may all be prescribed in order to relieve the pain and allow you to recover your mobility. About 1 in every 10 patients will require surgical treatment for herniated discs.

To resolve an issue caused by herniated discs, a spinal surgeon will perform a discectomy. This entails surgical removal of the ruptured disc, along with any fragments or other material that are causing you pain. The procedure is minimally invasive and requires only a small incision. After removing the bone fragments from your body using special instruments, the surgeon will close the incision. The issue may take up to several weeks to resolve following surgery, and any related pain may be treated using medications prescribed by your surgeon.

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  • Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00 pm

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