Herniated Discs

Herniated Disc Treatment in Murray


The most important thing to remember is that back pain is most often the result of a structural problem and until the structure of your spine is addressed, the pain will persist.

The outer portion of the disc is called the annulus fibrosis and the soft inner structure is called the nucleus pulposusThese unique structures provides flexibility, cushioning and freedom of movement to the spine. It also creates space between the vertebrae so that the delicate spinal nerves can pass through the openings called foramen to reach their target destination. In the low back the destination for those nerves in your legs, while in the neck it is the arms. 
If the discs become damaged in any way, a cycle of pain begins with the start of progressive problems which can culminate in a herniated disc or ruptured disc.


Overall, discs are very tough and resilient; however they are very susceptible to injury with repetitive activity and loading.

For example when you lift incorrectly or sit in one position for long periods of time the fibers in the disc begin to weaken. An example of this is a common paper clip. If you bend the paper clip one time it doesn’t break, but do it over and over again it just snaps in half.
The fibers of the outer portion of a disc, the annulus fibrosis behave in much the same way. As the stresses on the disc are repeated (such as repetitive lifting or even sitting in one position for long periods of time) the fibers break down. This creates small tears and fissures in the discs creating a pathway for the softer inner nucleus to slowly leak out. This is the beginning of a disc bulge or herniation.


When your disc is damaged or torn, the nucleus — the soft jelly like substance inside the disc can leak out. If it leaks out completely, it’s called a herniated disc. If the layers of the outer material (annulus) are not all completely torn, discs can bulge without herniating. It’s like if you step on a balloon and it doesn’t pop. The balloon bulges out to one side or the other without the rubber breaking.

When a disc bulges or herniates it is a major cause of back pain. It can also pinch the delicate nerves that pass by as they exit out of the spine and go into the legs or arms. That’s what can cause radiating pain. In other words, pain, tingling and numbness going down your leg or arm and possibly into your toes or fingers!
This radiating pain is often referred to as sciatica in the leg, or cervical radiculopathy in the arm.
As the outer portion of the disc weakens, the pressure on the discs causes the inner nucleus to migrate through the small cracks and fissures that have been created. This pressure changes with various activities and an activity such as lifting incorrectly can dramatically increase the pressure inside the disc.
When the pressure in the disc increases, the forces push the inner material outward. And if there are small cracks or tears in the outer fibers of the disc this material can literally “squeeze out.” 

Symptoms of herniated discs include:

  • Numbness or tingling in the body part(s) connected to the affected nerves
  • Pain that shoots up or down into you arm or leg
  • Weakness in the muscles connected to the affected nerves
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If you believe that your chronic neck or back pain is a sign of this condition, contact Advanced Spine & Disc to schedule a consultation with Dr. Clark. Each consultation with Dr. Clark includes:

  • a full examination of the your symptoms, limitations and pain history
  • a clear explanation of what current diagnostic imaging and other symptoms mean
  • specialized and effective treatment that can solve the cause—not just the symptoms—of your chronic pain

Dr. Clark enjoys helping many of his patients gain relief from their neck or back pain and get back to enjoying their lives. He will take the guesswork out of discovering the right treatment for you using proven, non-surgical methods. Advanced Spine & Disc’s state-of-the-art equipment, including the DRX9000 decompression machine, is another innovative feature that can help patients like you battle back against pain and get their life back.

Herniated Disc Treatment Murray, UT