Silicon Valley Pain Management -  - Pain Management Specialist

Asmina Khan, MD

Pain Management Specialist & Anesthesiologist located in San Jose, CA

Herniated Disc/Bulging Disc Specialist

If you have numbness or tingling in the back region it may be signs of herniated discs and should be evaluated as soon as possible. Visit Dr. Khan at Silicon Pain Management in San Jose, California for the treatment of herniated or bulging discs.

Herniated Disc/Bulging Disc Q & A

What is a herniated/bulging disc?

The rubbery cushions between the vertebrae are referred to as discs. If there is a problem with the discs, such as excess pressure being put on them, a herniated disc can be the result. Herniated or bulging discs usually occur in the neck or in the lower back region. But, herniated discs can also occur anywhere along the spine.

What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?

Some people may experience a herniated disc and not feel any symptoms. When symptoms do arise, it is important to keep a careful record and share them with your healthcare provider. Some classic signs and symptoms of a herniated disc include:

  • numbness in the affected body part
  • tingling in the affected body part
  • weakness of the muscles
  • arm or leg pain

Should you notice pain traveling down your arms or legs, or if weakness accompanies this pain, with tingling or numbness, be sure to call you doctor right away.

What causes herniated discs?

Disk degeneration is a common cause of herniation. As the body ages and the discs suffer wear and tear over time, problems can arise including herniation or bulging discs. However, it is common that patients cannot pinpoint a specific cause of disc herniation. Any of the following causes may be reason:

  • lifting or moving objects incorrectly—twisting or turning while lifting
  • a traumatic injury
  • an excessive strain to the back
  • risk factors that may increase the chances of a herniated risk:
  • excess weight
  • genetics

What are treatment options?

It is possible to treat herniated or bulging discs through conservative, minimally invasive techniques without the need for addictive medications or surgery. An exam will be necessary for a treatment plan to be developed for your specific needs. Some treatment options include:

  • physical therapy
  • anti-inflammatory medications
  • pain medications
  • cortisone injections
  • muscle relaxant medications
  • surgery
  • nerve pain medications
  • electrical stimulation
  • heat or ice

Dr. Khan offers epidural steroid injections, transforaminal epidural steroid injections, caudal epidural steroid injections and selective nerve blocks for the treatment of pain secondary to herniated or degenerative disc disease. If you are suffering from symptoms related to herniated discs call today to schedule your consultation appointment.

We Accept Insurance

We accept Medicare, Insurance PPO Plans, and Workers' Compensation. We also have an option for self-pay for services for patients without insurance . Please call our office if you have any questions.

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Silicon Valley Pain Management
4986 Cherry Avenue
San Jose, CA 95118
Phone: 408-645-6760
Fax: (408) 384-5121
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