Herniated Disc Treatment

By Ehren Allen, Certified Manual Therapist/Physical Therapist

Herniated Disc Treatment JOI

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Herniated Disc Treatment

Whether you are suffering from back issues, joint pain, or injuries resulting from any type of activity, JOI has 12 physical therapy clinics conveniently located in Jacksonville and Northeast FL who specialize in orthopedic rehab.

One of the most dramatic injuries you can sustain to your lumbar spine is a herniated disc. When you have a herniated disc, a tear in the annular ligament allows the nucleus pulposus to squeeze your spinal canal. If the disc material compresses your nerve root, you may suffer pain, numbness, and weakness in the area supplied by the nerve. In a very few cases, disc herniation can become so big that it fills the entire spinal canal. This immediate pressure on the nerves in your spine may cause paralysis of the muscles that control your bowels and bladder. If this occurs, you should contact a doctor immediately.

Surgery for a Herniated Disc

In most cases, surgery is required to remove a herniated disc in order to relieve pressure on the nerve roots. This procedure is called a diskectomy. First, a portion of the lamina, or the portion of the vertebra that forms the roof over the spinal nerves, is removed. This creates a window into your spine, which then allows the nerves to be pulled to the side so the herniated disc can be seen. Once the disc material is removed, most of the nucleus pulposus is removed to prevent the disc from herniating again. Also, the nerves in your back become free of pressure and irritation, and the lamina and area of the disc that is removed fills with scar tissue very quickly.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment at JOI Orthopedic Spine Specialist, please call JOI-2000.  Come see us!

Where is Telemedicine frequently used?

All JOI Physicians and Therapists now offer Telemedicine services from the convenience of your home. Through the download of the free Zoom app on the your phone, tablet or laptop. Our physicians and Telehealth for Physical Therapy can evaluate you and provide the care you need.

JOI Fracture and Injury Care

JOI Physicians are currently offering ASAP Fracture care. Make an appointment by calling (904)JOI-2000. This is a new option for patients who would like to avoid the emergency room. To learn more about this service, read this article about fracture and injury care.

By: Ehren Allen, Certified Manual Therapist/Physical Therapist

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