Innovative Spine is located in San Antonio, Texas. It is run by the orthopedic surgeon Dr. Hongbo Liu, who has over 15 years of experience in treating both adults and children. He has earned three clinical fellowships in the United States and has earned at least one fellowship in Japan. He earned his first two fellowships at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), and he earned his third fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Our doctor’s extensive experience and associations make him more than qualified to treat conditions such as herniated discs with care and expertise.
What Conditions are Treated at Innovative Spine?
Conditions treated at Innovative Spine include the following:
• Herniated Discs
• Spinal tumors
What is a Herniated Disc?
Herniated discs are also known as ruptured or slipped discs. The disc in question is a cushion that sits between two vertebrae. It consists of a thick wall surrounding a gel-like middle. If the wall weakens or tears, some of the gel can leak out and cause the disc to bulge and press against nerves.
The chief symptom of a herniated disc is sudden and acute pain. In some cases, the patient will experience a snapping or tearing sensation in the spine beforehand; in other cases, the pain will have no obvious cause.
Patients with one or more herniated discs may lean to one side when bending over, and their range of motion will be limited. They will often find walking painful and will often try to favor the affected leg.
Herniated discs do often respond to conservative treatments like rest, physical therapy and medications. They are often treated with muscle relaxants, analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve pain, inflammation and pressure. Surgery is generally a last resort if the more conservative treatments don’t work. We will explore your treatment options with you when you come in for your consultation.
What are the Types of Herniated Discs?
Disc herniations come in three different forms: cervical, thoracic or lumbar.
Cervical disc herniations typically form in the neck and can be characterized by pain that extends down the arm and tingling or numbness in the fingertips. A thoracic herniation often causes pain in the patient’s upper back, chest or abdomen and can stem from many different causes. A lumbar disc herniation tends to cause pain and symptoms in the patient’s lower body, including areas such as the lower back, thighs, feet and calves.
Since herniated discs come in so many different forms and bring with them so many different symptoms, the best treatment for you will depend on your personal needs. If you believe you may have a herniated disc, we can provide you with a diagnosis and customized treatment plan at Innovative Spine in San Antonio. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and learn more.