How Do I Know If I Need a Disc Replacement?

Young Woman Sitting On Bed Having Back PainThere are many reasons behind back pain. In some situations, a work-related injury or an accident can cause lingering back problems. In other situations, genetics can play a role in developing certain back conditions. In any case, it’s essential to know the signs that you’re dealing with serious issues that require medical expertise. Dr. Jacob specializes in diagnosing and treating many spinal conditions, including determining if a defective disc in your spine is causing your pain. Here are a few pointers on knowing if a spinal disc is causing trouble and what you can do about it.

A Lingering Back Ache Can Mean Trouble

Sometimes, having back pain is a standard part of everyday life, and most people experience back pain now and then. However, some back pain can be so severe that it requires a thorough examination by an experienced professional. One sign that your back pain may signify a more profound issue is if your pain lasts longer than several weeks. Most cases of back pain resolve after resting the area, but if your back pain lasts longer than a few weeks, a trip to the doctor may be in order.

Numbness In The Extremities

Have you felt numbness in your arms or legs recently? It could be a sign that you have a significant issue with your back. Pain in the spine that causes numbness in other areas of the body could mean that you’ve damaged a disc in your back, which requires medical intervention to correct. 

Weakness In The Limbs

Seeing a specialist is crucial if you’ve experienced difficulty standing or staying balanced when you walk. Herniated discs can affect the nerves of muscles that control balance and coordination. This can weaken your muscles and wreak havoc on your ability to maintain your balance.

If you’ve been dealing with lingering back pain, numbness in your extremities, or limb weakness, you must receive an evaluation from a trusted professional. Dr. Albert has years of expertise in treating many spinal conditions, including damaged discs. 

Also, Dr. Albert’s techniques are minimally invasive, shortening your recovery time, bringing you relief, and allowing you to get your quality of life back.

The first step in finding a treatment plan that suits your needs is to schedule a consultation with our NYC office. Please call us today at 917-277-4009.

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