A lumbar disc herniation is a relatively common problem that affects an estimated 1-3% of the population. But Dr. John Gorup and Dr. Mario Brkaric, spine surgeons and founders of the Indiana Spine Center, believe that with proper management and preventive care measures, healing is possible--and it starts with you.
Spinal discs are sandwiched between the vertebral bones throughout your spine. Their job is to increase spinal mobility, allow space for spinal nerves, blood vessels, and other structures exiting the spinal cord, and provide shock absorption. A lumbar disc herniation happens when material from inside one of the discs in your lower back moves out of place and puts pressure on the nearby spinal nerves and other important structures.
You may have a lumbar disc herniation if you experience any of the following signs or symptoms: low back pain and stiffness; muscle spasms; pain in the buttocks, hip, or leg; and numbness or weakness in one or both legs You may be at an increased risk of developing a lumbar disc herniation if you smoke, have excess body fat, participate in certain sports, or if you perform repeated heavy lifting at work. Lumbar disc herniations are most common between the ages of 25 and 55 and are more likely to occur in men.
The best way to know if you have a lumbar disc herniation is through a careful physical examination and patient history questionnaire. If we feel that imaging may make a positive impact on our diagnosis and treatment plan, our team at Indiana Spine Center may also recommend that you undergo an MRI scan. Sometimes, a lumbar disc herniation causes no symptoms at all, and a person may never realize they have one unless it’s discovered on imaging done for some other condition.
The goal of treatment for a lumbar disc herniation is to relieve pressure on nerves and other structures, relieve symptoms, increase mobility and activity tolerance, and improve quality of life. To do this, our medical team of surgeons, chiropractors, neurologists and other specialists work together to come up with individualized and comprehensive treatment plans that may include spinal rehabilitation, chiropractic adjustments, medication, or, if conservative approaches do not help, surgical interventions including discectomy and fusion.
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Dr. Brkaric takes the necessary time to listen to his patients concerns, explain diagnostics, and treatment recommendations.
I have recommended Dr. Brkaric to many of my friends and family members and will continue to do so.
Dr. Gorup always explains everything in depth, the truth and what to expect. His bed side manner is excellent. And he has a great sense of humor.
Dr. Gorup is an excellent and caring doctor, not only to the patient but also their family. Skilled surgeon. Provides all the options. Answers all your questions.