Frequently Asked Questions

What causes back pain?

Common causes of back pain include pinched nerves, degenerative disc disease, arthritis, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis, spinal fracture, injury, and trauma.

What’s the difference between a bulging disc and a herniated disc?

A bulging disc is a part of your spine that has opened, but has not broken open completely. Herniation refers to a large protrusion. Severe herniations can involve a large fragment of disc material within the spinal canal, where it can severely compress the nerves or spinal cord.

A herniated disc is more likely to cause back pain than a bulging disc.

What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?

Intense pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in your buttocks, thigh, calf, and foot. Sneezing, coughing, or moving your spine into certain positions can cause pain to radiate down your leg.

What are treatments for a herniated disc?

Conservative treatment options often include an exercise program with pain-relief medication including muscle relaxants. Cortisone injections or surgery may be pursued if no relief is found with conservative treatment.

What is spinal stenosis?

The spaces in your spine narrow, putting pressure on nerves. This most often occurs in the low back and neck and is usually caused by general wear on the spine. Common types of spinal stenosis include lumbar (low back) stenosis and cervical (neck) stenosis.

What is scoliosis?

The spine curves to one side, usually before puberty. Scoliosis can sometimes be caused by cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy.

What is myelopathy?

Bruising and damage to the spinal cord from a narrowed spinal canal. Can lead to paralysis if not properly treated.

What is degenerative disc disease?

A gradual breakdown of the discs in the spine over time. It is a very common condition as we age, yet not everyone will feel pain from a degenerating disc.

What is spinal trauma?

A severe injury that can occur without fracture or spinal cord injury. Forms of spinal trauma include cervical or lumbar strain, sometimes called whiplash, which can be a debilitating and painful injury.

How do I know if I am a candidate for minimally invasive back surgery?

A thorough exam performed by Dr. Doyle will determine if you are a good candidate to receive minimally invasive back surgery.

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