A herniated disc, or slipped disc, is one of the most common types of back injury and often causes long-term pain and reduced function. If you think you may have a herniated disc and are looking for effective care, turn to Bart Gatz, MD, and the team at American Interventional Pain Institute in Greenacres, Florida. Dr. Gatz is a distinguished pain medicine specialist providing high-quality services for patients who have herniated discs and other back problems. Request a consultation online or by phone today to get started.
A herniated disc occurs when the tough exterior casing of a spinal disc becomes injured or torn, allowing the soft, jelly-like interior to push through. Most herniated discs occur in the lumbar spine, but herniation can affect any of your vertebrae.
The discs that sit between the vertebrae in your spine act as shock absorbers, protecting the bones and allowing you to move freely. If a disc herniates, the interior substance starts pressing on spinal nerves, causing a host of potentially unpleasant symptoms
In most cases, the symptoms caused by a herniated disc clear up on their own within a matter of weeks. However, if they don’t, it could mean the tearing is more severe. If this is the case, or the original herniation causes severe symptoms, the team at American Interventional Pain Institute can provide a speedy diagnosis and effective treatments.
Herniated discs don’t always cause symptoms, so you might not even be aware of the problem. When symptoms are present, however, they can include:
Herniated disc pain is generally worse when standing or making sharp movements, and eases off when you lay down.
A herniated disc can heal on its own, but the majority of cases need medical intervention. When you visit American Interventional Pain Institute, you first undergo a thorough evaluation and examination, including diagnostic imaging tests such as X-rays or an MRI scan.
Once your provider has a precise diagnosis, there are a number of effective treatments to relieve your symptoms and help the herniated disc heal. These include:
Epidural spinal injections containing corticosteroids can also help reduce pain and inflammation caused by herniated discs.
In most cases, these conservative approaches result in relief of herniated disc symptoms, but some patients may require surgery.
For an effective resolution of your back or neck pain, call American Interventional Pain Institute or schedule an appointment online today.
Meet The Doctor
Pain Management Specialist
Dr. Gatz has been practicing Pain Medicine for nearly 2 decades. He began his medical education by earning his Bachelors in Arts from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska in 1991. He then went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine degree from University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska in1993.
After completing his internship at Creighton University Medical Center, in 1994, Dr. Gatz completed his Anesthesiology residency at Kansas University Medical Center and his Anesthesiology and Pain Management fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina, in 1998.
Why Choose Our Clinic
The American Interventional Pain Institute uses a patient centered approach to develop an appropriate treatment plan to help each patient overcome their pain.