Can a Herniated Spinal Disc Grow Over Time?

disc herniation gets bigger over time

Can a Herniated Spinal Disc Grow Over Time?

Herniated discs are one of the more common causes of back pain. Symptoms can range from mild to extreme back pain, as well as sensory issues in the back and extremities. Many patients want to know whether or not a herniated disc will get worse if left untreated. In this article we are going to answer the question “can a disc herniation get bigger over time?”

Herniated Discs in the Spine

As we have discussed before on this site, spinal discs cushion and support movement in the spine by acting as spacers between each vertebra. A disc herniation in the spinal column can be caused by acute trauma to the spine (a car accident for example), or simply due to degeneration over time. If left untreated, a herniated disc may get worse as the spine degenerates over time, or due to an injury to the spine.

Disc Surgery

When a disc herniates in the spine, you can’t sit back and hope that it will heal on its own given time. It won’t heal on its own. In fact, it will most likely get worse over time without treatment. There are many ways to “treat” a herniated disc, but many of these methods (injections, physical therapy, pain meds) only temporarily reduce the symptoms of the disc herniation, rather than the problem itself. Minimally invasive spine surgery is the most tried and true method for treating herniated discs in the long term. Depending on the extent of the herniation and various other factors, there are several procedures that may work for you including – a spinal discectomy, spinal fusion, or total disc replacement.

Inspired Spine has developed minimally invasive keyhole surgical techniques aimed at treating herniated discs and other spinal conditions. These procedures (the Inspired MIS-DTIF and the Inspired OLLIF) are revolutionizing the industry by offering shorter operating times, no overnight hospital stays, smaller incisions, and most importantly – less patient pain. Contact us today to learn more about our Inspired Spine procedures, and find a provider in your area who performs these surgeries.

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