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Herniated Disk in the Lower Back

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Sometimes called a slipped or ruptured disk, a herniated disk most often occurs in your lower back. It is one of the most common causes of low back pain, as well as leg pain (sciatica).

Between 60% and 80% of people will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. A high percentage of people will have low back and leg pain caused by a herniated disk.

Although a herniated disk can sometimes be very painful, most people feel much better with just a few weeks or months of nonsurgical treatment.

Anatomy

Your spine is made up of 24 bones, called vertebrae, that are stacked on top of one another. These bones connect to create a canal that protects the spinal cord.

Five vertebrae make up the lower back. This area is called your lumbar spine.

Parts of the lumbar spine.

Other parts of your spine include:

Spinal cord and nerves. These “electrical cables” travel through the spinal canal carrying messages between your brain and muscles.

Intervertebral disks. In between your vertebrae are flexible intervertebral disks. They act as shock absorbers when your walk or run.

Intervertebral disks are flat and round, and about a half inch thick. They are made up of two components:

Healthy intervertebral disk (cross-section view).
  • Annulus fibrosus. This is the tough, flexible outer ring of the disk.
  • Nucleus pulposus. This is the soft, jelly-like center of the disk

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March 18, 2013 at 3:53 pm

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Pain Doctor, Pinnacle Pain, Chronic Pain, Pain Medication, Pain Meds, Dr. Jeffrey Wasserman

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Dr. Jeffrey Wasserman received his B.S. from Lafayette University and his M.D. from Penn State. He completed his Anesthesiology residency at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital where he did fellowships in pain management and cardiac anesthesia. He has been a pioneer, first to bring several advanced interventional therapies to Dallas, and specializes in minimally invasive disc healing therapies. He represents numerous state and national pain committees. Dr. Wasserman is board certified in anesthesiology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Pain Medicine. This Dallas Texas Pain Doctor who prescribes pain medications like hydrocodine and oxycontin etc offers the full services of pain medicine and pain disorders. Pain care and pain injections are part of the ways this doctor treats pain and injuries when you get hurt.


Anesthesiology/Pain management

• Trigger Point Injections
• Botulinum Toxin Type A
• Cervical Epidural Injection
• Thoracic Epidural Injection
• Lumbar Epidural Injection 
• Sacroiliac Joint Injection
• Facet Block
• Kyphoplasty
• Radiofrequency Lesioning (Rhizotomy)
• Sympathetic Nerve Block
• Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Discography
• IDET (Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy)
• DISC Nucleoplasty
• Intrathecal Pain (Pump) Therapy
• Spinal Cord Stimulation
• Epidural Lysis of Adhesions
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