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Cervical & Lumbar Herniated Disc

Discs are the rubbery buffer between each bone—or vertebrae—in the back. A herniated disc, commonly known as a slipped disc, occurs when the central part of the disc extends into the spinal canal. This typically occurs after a tear in the tough ring that surrounds the soft inner core of the disc.

Cervical & Lumbar Herniated Disc Symptoms:

Herniated discs can cause a variety of symptoms. When a herniated disc causes problems with normal spinal cord functions, it is called myelopathy. Though symptoms can vary, the most common include:

  • Radiculopathy, or pain in the neck, shoulders and arms
  • Pain that radiates down the arm into the hand
  • Trouble walking
  • Issues with hand function
  • Bowel and bladder incontinence

Herniated discs are most common in older adults, and aging is the most common cause. However, trauma may also cause herniated discs. The most common diagnosis for herniated discs is an MRI. Though CT scans can be used for patients who cannot have an MRI.

Cervical & Lumbar Herniated Disc Treatment:

Herniated discs are often managed non-surgically through over-the-counter medication, steroid injections, physical therapy or prescription medications; however, if non-surgical treatment does not provide relief, surgery may be performed.  

To relieve a herniated disc, a neurosurgeon will remove the portion of the disc protruding into the spinal canal or rarely, the entire disc. This procedure, called an anterior cervical discectomy (ACDF), relieves pressure on the spine. The anterior discectomy is the removal of the herniated disc material through an incision in the neck. After the herniation is removed, a neurosurgeon performs spinal fusion. This involves placing a bone graft and metal hardware, like screws, on the vertebrae above and below the herniated disc; over time, the bone graft and vertebrae fuse, functioning as one bone and providing stability in the spine.

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We specialize in Cervical & Lumbar Herniated Disc Treatment.

At Nashville Neurosurgery Associates, we are proud to be one of the region’s leading neurosurgical centers. Our team of board-certified surgeons provide expert care and treatment of cervical and lumbar herniated disc.

REX ARENDALL, MD

Board-Certified Neurosurgeon

L. BRETT BABAT, MD

Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

ROBBI L. FRANKLIN, MD

Board-Certified Neurosurgeon

KHAN LI, MD

Board-Certified Neurosurgeon

CHINE SP LOGAN, DO, MHA, MS, FACS, FACOS

Board-Certified Neurosurgeon

ROBERT A. MERICLE, MD, FAANS

Board-Certified Neurosurgeon

WILLIAM SCHOOLEY, MD

Board-Certified Neurosurgeon

KARL SILLAY, MD

Board-Certified Neurosurgeon

IVAN T. STOEV, MD

Board-Certified Neurosurgeon

CHRISTOPHER STOREY, MD, PHD

Fellowship Trained Neurosurgeon

ARTHUR J. ULM, MD

Board-Certified Neurosurgeon

Mark Emkes

Former Bridgestone Americas CEO Mark Emkes shares his experience with Dr. Ulm after shooting pain down his left arm became unbearable. Dr. Ulm performed surgery to repair his collapsed discs in his neck and has felt like new since!