Common Conditions We Treat


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A herniated disc, sometimes referred to as a slipped disc or ruptured disc, is unfortunately a common condition that causes significant pain and discomfort in our patients. Herniated discs will impact your job, day-to-day responsibilities and activities you enjoy in your free time like spending time outside with your family, golfing, tennis, yoga or even simple walks around the neighborhood. Understanding the common causes and treatment options can go a long way towards managing and relieving this condition.

Our Board-Certified Dr. Minesh Zaveri will diagnose the root cause of your herniated disc by performing a comprehensive examination of your spine. After determining the cause of the pain, we’ll develop a plan to relieve your pain most commonly with non-surgical treatments first but surgical treatments are available through our Phoenix, AZ area office.

“The entire experience from scheduling an appointment to walking out the door was fantastic. You really get the sense that this is a world class practice. They made me feel welcomed and did not rush through the visit. He, and his PA, answered all my questions and ensured I understood the prognosis and all possible directions of care moving forward. I’m very happy we came across SPS.”

Nick Garcia / patient

Treatment Plans

More Information for Patients Experiencing Herniated Discs

Causes of Herniated Discs

The spine is composed of a series of bones (vertebrae) stacked on top of each other. In between each of these bones are discs, which act as shock absorbers and prevent the vertebrae from rubbing against each other. A herniated disc occurs when the inner material of these discs protrudes through the outer layer.

Common causes of herniated discs include:

  • Age: As we age, the discs in our spine naturally degenerate and become less flexible, making them more susceptible to herniation.
  • Physical Stress: Repeated heavy lifting, especially with poor form (such as twisting your spine or lifting from the waist rather than using your legs), can place extra pressure on the lower back and contribute to disc herniation.
  • Trauma: Accidents or injuries can cause damage leading to a herniated disc.
  • Body Weight: Excess body weight can add additional stress to the discs in your lower back, increasing the risk of herniation.
  • Genetics: Some people inherit a predisposition to developing herniated discs.

Treating Herniated Discs

Treatment for a herniated disc focuses on relieving pain, reducing inflammation, and improving mobility. Treatment strategies can vary depending on the severity of symptoms and the individual’s overall health.

  • Physical Therapy: Therapists can provide exercises to help strengthen and stabilize the muscles that support your back, improve flexibility, and promote better posture.
  • Medication: Over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs can help manage mild to moderate pain. For severe pain, your doctor may prescribe stronger medication.
  • Injections: Epidural steroid injections can help reduce inflammation around the herniated disc, alleviating pain.
  • Lifestyle Modifications: Regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding activities that exacerbate your pain can be beneficial.
  • Surgery: If conservative treatments fail or if neurological symptoms (like numbness or weakness in the limbs) develop, surgery may be necessary. This usually involves removing the protruding part of the disc or, in severe cases, the entire disc.

Why Choose Us to Treat Your Herniated Disc

While herniated discs can be painful and disruptive, with proper care and treatment, most people find significant relief and are able to return to their regular activities. As with any medical condition, it’s important to consult with a healthcare provider to determine the best course of action for your specific needs. Consulting with Dr. Minesh Zaveri will help you determine the best course of action for your specific needs. Remember, a herniated disc is not just a discomfort you need to live with; there are numerous effective treatments available to help you regain pain-free mobility and enhance your quality of life.

Remember: This information is meant to be informative and not a replacement for professional medical advice. Whether it be with Sonoran Pain & Spine or another medical professional, always consult with a healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment.

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