What is a slipped disc?
A slipped or herniated disc refers to a compromise within one of the cushions in between the bones of the spine. A slipped disc occurs when some of the cushions inner material escapes through a tear, irritating surround nerves and causing numbness, weakness, or pain in the back as well as the arms or legs. While some people who develop a herniated disc may not experience any symptoms, others may find the discomfort affecting their quality of life. If you believe you are experiencing these symptoms as a result of a slipped disc, contact us today to schedule your initial consultation. Dr. Callewart looks forward to meeting with you, configuring a treatment plan, and helping you achieve greater comfort in your daily life.
What are some signs and symptoms of a slipped disc?
While most cases of herniated discs occur in the lower back, they can also develop in the neck. Some common indications of a slipped disc include:
- Leg or arm pain: If the herniated disc in located in the lower back, you may experience pain or discomfort in your calves, thighs, or buttocks. Inversely, slipped discs within the neck can result in pain or discomfort in the arms or shoulders.
- Tingling or numbness in the afflicted areas.
- Muscular weakness in the affected areas, impairing your ability to lift or hold items.
Which treatment is right for you?
Dr. Callewart understands that each patient’s case is very distinctive. As such, during a comprehensive consultation, he will familiarize himself with the symptoms you may be experiencing and perform a physical examination, if applicable. From there, he may recommend further in-depth examination in the form of an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI. Based on these results, he will determine the best treatment or procedural approach for you.
Schedule your initial consultation
Our practice is led by Dr. Craig C. Callewart, a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who believes that the most important aspect of providing the highest quality care is forming quality relationships with his patients. Dr. Callewart strives to keep each patient well-informed every step of the way, involving you in your slipped disc treatment plan and personally discussing the details of your procedure with you. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation and take the next step towards a happier, healthier quality of life.