Herniated Disc Specialist

Lindsey Ross, MD -  - Neurosurgeon

Lindsey Ross, MD

Neurosurgeon & Fellowship Trained Spine Surgeon located in Los Angeles, CA

Persistent pain, burning, or numbness in your arm or leg might not immediately bring your spine to mind, but herniated discs can compress nerves leading to your limbs. While not all herniated discs require treatment, you should report any long-lasting symptoms to neurosurgeon Lindsey Ross, MD, in the West Hollywood neighborhood of Los Angeles and Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Torrance, California. Dr. Ross uses nonoperative approaches to treat a herniated disc and can perform motion preservation procedures if necessary. To explore treatments for herniated disc pain, call Lindsey Ross, MD, or book an appointment online today.

Herniated Disc Q & A

What is a herniated disc?

The discs in your spine are soft tissue cushions that sit between your vertebrae. They allow for movement and shock absorption, protecting your vertebrae from rubbing together and causing damage. 

Each disc contains an outer layer called the annulus and an inner layer called the nucleus. When part of the nucleus slips into your spinal canal through a tear in the annulus, you have a herniated disc.

In many cases, herniated discs happen after months or years of disc degeneration. Disc degeneration occurs as the discs in your spine become weaker and more prone to damage with age. 

What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?

A herniated disc might cause symptoms if it presses on nearby nerves in the region. The symptoms vary based on the location of the disc in your spine. Herniated discs are most common in the neck and lower back. Your symptoms might include:

  • Pain on one side of your body
  • Numbness on one side of your body
  • Burning or tingling in one region
  • Extremity pain

Your pain might get worse when you stand, sit down, walk, or make other specific movements. Dr. Ross asks for details about your symptoms and may perform spinal imaging to locate the herniated disc within your spine. 

What causes disc herniation?

Disc herniation usually happens after years of wear-and-tear damage occurs to your discs, called disc degeneration. Once your discs are weak, certain movements and actions can lead to a herniated disc. One of the most common actions leading to a herniated disc is heavy lifting, so you might be at an increased risk for disc herniation if your job requires lifting.

What are the treatment options for a herniated disc?

Dr. Ross helps you alleviate the pain and other symptoms from your herniated disc with innovative treatments and therapies. In most cases, she starts your treatment with conservative and noninvasive options exclusively. These may include pain relief medications, injections, muscle relaxants, weight loss, physical therapy, and other approaches. 

If your symptoms last for longer than six weeks despite noninvasive treatments and home care, it may be time to consider surgery. Dr. Ross often uses minimally invasive techniques and cutting edge instruments to make the necessary repairs within your spine. In some cases, she recommends disc replacement or spinal fusion. 

To explore treatments and services that ease the pain of a herniated disc, call Lindsey Ross, MD, or book a consultation online at either of her offices today.