JOI treats herniated disc/discs
By Ehren Allen, Certified Manual Therapist/Physical Therapist
Read the following to learn how JOI treats herniated discs
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.
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!