Herniated Disc

Herniated Disc Q & A

What is a herniated disc?

Your spine is made up of 33 vertebrae that are divided into four sections:

  • Your cervical spine (neck)
  • Your thoracic spine (mid back)
  • Your lumbar spine (lower back)
  • Your sacral region

Dividing these vertebrae are 23 discs, which provide shock absorption along your spine. These discs are covered by a tough outer layer made of collagen, which is called the annulus fibrosus. Inside this outer shell is a soft, jelly-like substance that provides the cushioning between your vertebrae.

When your annulus fibrosus herniates, the substance inside can leak out and irritate the nerves in the area, which is what causes the pain.

Herniated discs occur most often in your lumbar spine, with cervical herniated discs coming in at a distant second. This is largely due to the fact that your lumbar spine bears most of your back’s burden in terms of support and mobility.

What causes a herniated disc?

The primary driver behind a herniated disc is simple wear-and-tear. As you age, the tough outer layers of your discs begin to lose some of their water content, which makes them more brittle and prone to cracking or rupturing.

What are the symptoms of a herniated disc?

The main symptom of a herniated disc is the pain, but not necessarily at the site of the herniation. If you have a herniated disc in your low back, you’ll likely experience pain or numbness that travels down the back of one leg, even reaching your foot. If the offending disc is in your neck, you may feel pain down your arm and into your hand.

How are herniated discs treated?

Finding relief from a herniated disc has traditionally been a slow process that demands patience and rest. For some, however, this conservative protocol proves unfruitful as the pain persists. In these cases, Dr. Mobin performs a full clinical evaluation using advanced imaging, such as an MRI, to determine the location and extent of the tear.

Once he evaluates your problem, he comes up with a treatment plan that’s geared toward long-term results and relief from your pain. If he recommends surgery, Dr. Mobin uses only the latest, minimally invasive surgical techniques to perform a lumbar microdiscectomy in order to remove the piece of the disc that’s irritating the nerves in the area. As part of this procedure, Dr. Mobin conducts an annular repair to reduce your chances of disc re-herniation.

To find relief from your herniated disc, call Mobin Neurosurgery, or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.

Mobin Neurosurgery

Fardad Mobin, MD

Board Certified Neurosurgeon located in Beverly Hills, CA

A herniated or ruptured disc is an often painful condition that affects between five and 20 people per 1,000 in the United States, with men outpacing women two to one. As a spine specialist, Fardad Mobin, MD, is not only well-versed in helping his patients at Mobin Neurosurgery find relief from the pain, he offers a procedure that can help prevent herniation. If you’re in Beverly Hills, California, call the office or use the online scheduler to request an appointment.