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Pottsville Herniated Disc Doctor Answers Common Questions


Herniated Disc Doctor Asks, Think You May Have A Herniated Disc

A herniated disc is a common problem encountered in a back pain patient.  Herniated disc doctor explains how a herniated disc can be the source of back pain.  Most herniated discs are not painful.

Treatment For Herniated Disc

There are many treatments for a herniated disc if it is the source of your pain.  You should always try conservative care first, like chiropractic care, physical therapy, and spinal decompression.  Medications only cover up the pain and do nothing for the problem but sometimes the pain is so intense prescriptions are necessary to help with the pain.  Over the counter medications such as Advil, Motrin, or Aleve should be tried before going to prescription medication.

Guidelines do not recommend muscle relaxers.  Epidurals are a choice if conservative care fails.  However, epidurals don’t fix the herniated disc.  At best epidurals give temporary relief. Evidence states that epidurals should be combined with conservative care.  Studies say they epidurals are most useful for one sided leg pain.

Surgery is should always be a last resort.  In this time of managed medical care, medical policies are starting to require twelve weeks of conservative care before they will approve back surgery.

If You Have Back Pain Consult With Herniated Disc Doctor

If you think you have back pain from a herniated disc or ruptured disc or slipped disc, give us a call at 570-622-2525.  Studies show that conservative care is effective, least expensive, with the highest patient satisfaction ratings.