Treatment for Disc Injuries and Back Pain in Monmouth County

Disc bulges and disc herniations are a major cause of back pain. In particular, pain caused by disc problems is most commonly experienced in the lower back (lumbar spine). Less frequently, the upper back (thoracic spine) and neck (cervical spine) are also affected.

Back pain caused by disc problems rarely requires surgery; there are a number of healthy, conservative treatment options that not only address the pain of disc problems, but also correct the damage that is causing pain.

Spinal Discs and Back Pain

Between each of the vertebrae of the spine rests a cushion known as an intervertebral disc. Like any other cushion, this disc is composed of a soft, inner portion that is encased by an outer shell. A disc bulge occurs when this shell ruptures, and the inner portion of the disc bulges out. A disc herniation is a more serious condition in which this disc material bulges out and moves more significantly backward toward the spinal cord. Either condition leads to pain by causing compression of the nerves of the spine.

Disc bulges and herniations are most frequently caused by disc degeneration due to aging (in which the discs dry up and become less flexible) or trauma (such as with an auto accident or sports injury). Trauma is not always a sudden experience; over time, poor posture can also injure the discs of the spine.

Medical Care and Pain Management for Back Pain/Disc Injuries

When experiencing back pain, it is a good idea to visit a doctor that specializes in pain management and disorders of the musculoskeletal system. This type of doctor is known as a Physiatrist, a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R).

The Medical Director at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation focuses on conservative treatment options to help patients avoid surgery while alleviating pain and increasing mobility and functioning. The treatment model for back pain caused by disc injuries includes a number of healthy modalities, including spinal decompression, physical therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic care.

Reduced mobility is often associated with disc problems and back pain. In some cases, pain is the culprit that restricts patients from taking advantage of more conservative rehabilitation options—and leads to unnecessary surgeries. In such causes, a pain management specialist may perform Epidural Steroid Injections, a minimally invasive procedure that reduces inflammation and pain in the spinal nerves. The purpose of using injections to relieve pain is to help patients rehabilitate with physical therapy, spinal decompression, chiropractic care, etc., and avoid surgery.

Treatment for Disc Injuries at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation

Our Red Bank, NJ medical office integrates medical care for pain management with physical therapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, and chiropractic care. The purpose of incorporating all of these options in one facility is to provide conservative and effective strategies for reducing many painful conditions, including back pain caused by disc injuries.

If you are suffering from back pain related to disc injuries, or are in need of a diagnosis for your back pain condition, please contact our Red Bank, NJ office to learn more about treatment for back pain and disc injuries in Monmouth County.