Herniated Disc

American Interventional Pain Institute -  - Pain Management Specialist

American Interventional Pain Institute

Pain Management Specialist located in Greenacres, FL

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.

Herniated Disc

What is a herniated disc?

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.

What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?

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:

  • Pain in specific areas (such as your back, legs, hands, or feet)
  • Numbness in your hands, feet, or legs
  • A burning or tingling sensation
  • Stiff neck
  • Muscle weakness
  • Oversensitive reflexes
  • Muscle spasms

Herniated disc pain is generally worse when standing or making sharp movements, and eases off when you lay down.

How are herniated discs treated?

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:

  • Nonaddictive pain medications
  • Plenty of rest
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Cold compresses or ice packs
  • Physical therapy

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.

why choose us
  • Meet The Doctor

    Dr. Gatz

    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.

    • State-of-the-art Digital Imaging System

    • On-site Procedure Rooms

    • High Quality Pain Diagnosis

    • Non-surgical and Surgical Care Customized to Your Needs

    • Nearly 2 decades of Pain Management Experience

    • Individually Tailored Pain Management Treatment

    • Fellowship Trained and Board Certified in Pain Management

    • Results Oriented Treatment

    • Fellowship Trained and Board Certified in Anesthesia

    • South Florida’s Dedicated Full-service Pain Management Clinic


American Interventional Pain Institute
4897 Jog Rd., Suite A
Greenacres, FL 33467
Phone: 561-292-0366
Fax: 561-434-9174
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