Herniated Disc Treatment in NYC
If you are seeking treatment for a herniated disc, you may be confused by the variety of interchangeable terms that describe the condition, including bulging disc, torn disc, and slipped disc. The truth is, all of these terms describe a condition in which the outer layer of the disc has been compromised, and material from inside the disc has leaked out. This condition can be painful and even debilitating, but there is help available.
Welcome to New York Spine Care, your trusted source for herniated disc treatment in NYC. Under the expert guidance of Dr. Paul-Marie Brisson, a single practice surgeon with more than 33 years of experience, you can rest assured that you are never just another patient or surgery.
At New York Spine Care, our goal is to provide exceptional care and support throughout your treatment journey. With a pleasant demeanor and easy-to-work-with attitude, Dr. Brisson takes pride in putting his patients' comfort and well-being first.
If you’re ready to regain your quality of life and enjoy a pain-free future with the top spine specialist New York has to offer, Dr. Brisson is ready to help you. Contact New York Spine Care today to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Paul-Marie Brisson: Spine Specialist New York
Herniated Disc Diagnosis & Treatment
A herniated disc, also known as a slipped or ruptured disc, occurs when the soft inner layer of a spinal disc bulges out through a tear in the outer layer. This condition can cause a range of symptoms, from mild discomfort to debilitating pain. In this article, we discuss the common symptoms of herniated discs and the available treatments.
The symptoms of a herniated disc may vary depending on the location of the affected disc and the severity of the condition. Some of the most common herniated disc symptoms include:
- Pain in the back or neck
- Numbness or tingling in the extremities
- Muscle weakness or spasms
- Stiffness and reduced range of motion
- Shooting pain that radiates down one or both legs (in cases of lumbar herniated discs)
- Shooting pain that radiates down one or both arms (in cases of cervical herniated discs)
There are various treatment options available for managing herniated discs, ranging from conservative non-surgical methods to surgical interventions if necessary. At New York Spine Care, Dr. Brisson does everything in his power to provide conservative treatments before resorting to surgery.
Some of Dr. Brisson’s recommended nonsurgical treatments include:
- Pain medications
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Physical therapy and exercise
- Heat and cold therapy
- Chiropractic care
- Massage therapy
In cases where conservative treatments fail to provide relief, surgical options may be considered. Dr. Brisson specializes in a number of procedures designed to correct herniated discs in a minimally-invasive manner, including:
- Microdiscectomy: Removal of a portion of the damaged disc
- Laminotomy: Removal of a portion of the vertebral bone to reduce pressure on the nerve root
- Spinal fusion: using adjacent vertebrae together to provide stability and reduce pain
Dr. Brisson will work directly with you to determine the appropriate course of action based on the source of your pain, your comfort levels, and your unique needs and goals.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you prescribe and help me manage herniated disc medication?
Yes, Dr. Brisson is qualified to provide advice and guidance on medication management for herniated discs. Depending on the cause and severity of your condition, he may recommend a combination of pain relievers, muscle relaxants, nerve blocks, or other medications to help reduce your symptoms. He can also design a personalized treatment plan that includes lifestyle changes to maximize the effectiveness of these medications.
How are herniated discs diagnosed?
Correct diagnosis of the nature of the herniated disc (determining whether the disc is bulging or has actually broken open and ruptured) is crucial to determining the correct course of treatment.
During your consultation, Dr. Brisson will thoroughly examine your back and ask questions about the type of pain that you are experiencing. He may do tests, such as an MRI or a CT, to identify the issue. In moderate cases, herniated disc treatment may involve conservative methods such as physical therapy to aid in pain management.
Is herniated disc surgery always necessary?
No! In fact, Dr. Brisson prefers to utilize nonsurgical treatment options whenever possible. Many patients can find relief without surgery. Dr. Brisson will work directly with you to determine whether or not surgery is ultimately necessary to give you long-term relief.
How can I get started with the best herniated disc doctor near me?
At New York Spinal Care, we make it easy to get started with the best spine specialist NYC has to offer. Just use our simple online scheduling tool to request your first appointment with Dr. Brisson.