Herniated Disc Specialist

Kenneth Nwosu, MD

Spine Surgeon located in Burien, WA & Puyallup, WA

The pain of a herniated disc can be excruciating, limiting your physical mobility and reducing your quality of life. If physical therapy and other treatments haven’t provided you with relief from chronic pain, Kenneth Nwosu, MD, offers surgical solutions to repair disc damage. At his orthopedic practices in Burien and Puyallup, Washington, Dr. Nwosu offers minimally invasive surgery that can get you back to your usual routine faster than traditional surgery. You can enjoy long-term relief of chronic pain with reduced risk for infection and noticeable scars. To find out if you’re a candidate for surgery to relieve herniated disc pain, schedule a consultation with Kenneth Nwosu, MD, online or by phone today.

Herniated Disc Q & A

What is a herniated disc?

Within your spine are protective, rubbery discs that sit between each of your vertebrae. The discs cushion your bones and absorb the shocks of your movement. While very durable, the discs are prone to damage from direct injury or due to degenerative disc disease that occurs as you age.

A herniated disc results when the soft center of the disc protrudes through the tough, outer surface, often pressing on nearby nerves of the spine. This nerve compression can result in chronic pain and a variety of other symptoms that limit your ability to stay active.

What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?

A herniated disc can occur anywhere along the spine, including the lumbar (lower back) spine and the cervical (neck) spine. Depending on where the damaged disc lies, you can experience pain that radiates into your legs and arms.

In addition to pain, you may also experience:

  • Numbness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Burning and tingling sensations

For many, herniated disc pain feels like an electric shock, worsening with certain movements of the spine. You may also notice your pain worsens when you’re standing or sitting for long periods of time.

How is a herniated disc diagnosed?

Because of the distinct type of pain a herniated disc causes, Kenneth Nwosu, MD, can often determine it to be the source of your pain after listening to your symptoms.

To confirm disc damage and rule out other issues that can cause spine pain, Dr. Nwosu can order imaging tests, like an MRI or CT scan.

What surgical treatments are available for a herniated disc?

In some cases, a herniated disc may not cause pain. When you begin having issues with mobility or pain, conservative treatments like physical therapy can help alleviate pressure on the spinal nerves.

When herniated disc pain becomes severe and affects your quality of life, Dr. Nwosu can perform minimally invasive surgery to remove the damaged disc. The goal of treatment is to eliminate chronic pain and other symptoms to enhance your overall function.

Minimally invasive surgery, including a laminectomy, requires only small incisions to access the damaged disc. Because this type of surgery is less traumatic on the body, you can recover much faster than with open surgery and experience less pain during your recovery.

When other treatments aren’t relieving the chronic pain of a herniated disc, call the office of Kenneth Nwosu, MD, nearest you to learn more about the benefits of minimally invasive surgery. You can also request an appointment online today.