Herniated Disc Specialist

Martin Bertram, MD -  - Pain Medicine Physician

Martin Bertram, MD

Pain Medicine Physician & Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation located in Springfield, OH

A herniated disc is a fairly common condition, which may be of little consolation if you’re in constant pain or unable to participate in your favorite activities. Dr. Martin Bertram in Springfield, Ohio, specializes in diagnosing and treating disc problems, getting you back to doing what you love most. Whether it’s mild discomfort or debilitating pain, Dr. Bertram works to find a solution that will have you up and moving as quickly as possible. To learn more, call or book an appointment online.

Herniated Disc Q & A

What’s the primary role of discs?

When discussing a herniated, or bulging, disc, it’s helpful to step back and review the role discs play in your spine.

Your spine is made up of 33 vertebrae and 23 discs, which are broken out in the following areas:

  • Six discs in your neck, or cervical spine
  • Twelve discs in your mid-back, or thoracic spine
  • Five discs in your lower back, or lumbar spine

The discs are located between your vertebrae and perform the following functions:

  • Cushioning between vertebrae
  • Holding your vertebrae together
  • Allowing movement along your spine

The discs themselves are comprised of a tough outer layer with a gel-like substance inside.

What is a herniated disc?

A herniated disc is a term used to describe the following:

Pinched Nerve

The gel-like substance inside one of your discs leaks out and irritates the surrounding nerves.

Disc Pain

In this scenario, your disc itself has deteriorated, causing your bones to rub together painfully.

Herniated discs occur most often in your lumbar spine, or low back, which stands to reason given that this area does most of the heavy lifting for your spine.

What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?

The most common symptoms of a disc problem are:

  • Pain in your shoulder
  • Radiating electrical pain into the trunk with spine movement when a disc is in the thoracic spine
  • Pain in your shoulder or arm if the affected disc is in your neck
  • Pain in your legs and buttocks when a disc in your low back is compromised
  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the affected areas

The pain or tingling may be constant, or it may come and go, depending on your movements and position.

What causes a herniated disc?

By far the leading cause of disc problems is simple age and wear and tear. Over time, your discs wear down, often losing hydration and becoming more brittle with age. In this condition, your discs are more susceptible to rupture, even with simple movements.

What is the treatment for a herniated disc?

There’s no simple answer to this question since it depends on the location and nature of your problem disc. After a thorough examination and review, as well as advanced imaging, Dr. Bertram makes treatment recommendations based on your individual goals and circumstances.

If a herniated disc is having an impact on your ability to move about without pain, call Martin Bertram, MD, for a consultation, or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.