A herniated disk can seriously impact your quality of life, and although for many the condition isn't a serious one and can be treated with a conservative approach. But if you continue to have difficulty or simply wish to receive expert care from the get-go for your herniated disk you can turn to your Pain Management doctor in Saint Thomas and St. Croix of Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, Dr. Quinones.
Symptoms of a herniated disk include pain in the affected area as well as weakness and sometimes numbness of the arms and legs. The condition typically involves an injury that causes the tissue, the disk, in between spinal bones to become damaged.
Even minor injuries can cause it if you are older, as disks will tend to degenerate over time, so with greater the age the greater the chance of injury. A family history with herniated disks is also a contributing factor in increasing your odds.
Your doctor can help pinpoint the exact cause of your pain to verify that it is indeed a herniated disk that is causing discomfort. Imaging tests can help rule out fractures and confirm the location of the injured disk. A physical exam can allow your doctor to assess your level of pain, strength, and reflexes.
Treatment for a Herniated Disk in Saint Thomas and St. Croix
Conservative treatments for a herniated disk include physical therapy and medication, both over-the-counter pain medication and prescription. If these approaches don't work your doctor can suggest surgery, especially if you are not able to regulate your pain, if the condition hampers your ability to move or walk, or affects your quality of life in other ways.
If you are struggling with a herniated disk in Saint Thomas or St. Croix you can schedule a visit with Dr. Quinones of Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine by dialing (340) 714-2845 for Saint Thomas, office and (340) 692-5000 for St. Croix.