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What happens when a herniated disc goes untreated? | Long Island Spine Specialists

A herniated disc is a common but treatable source of back pain. Increased pressure on the spine causes the gel-like center of the disc to seep out through a crack in the tougher exterior casing. This irritates and pinches the surrounding nerves. 

Symptoms of a herniated disc

In some cases, a herniated disc causes no symptoms at all. In others, herniated discs can cause quite a number of issues:

  • Sciatica (pain that radiates down the buttocks, legs, and feet)
  • Radiating pain down the shoulders, arms, and hands
  • Tingling or numbness in the legs or feet
  • Muscle weakness 
  • Muscle spasms

When should I see the doctor?

There is no reason to live in pain. Many people “tough it out,” but you can see a doctor as soon as the pain begins. For those who feel able to live with the pain and discomfort that a herniated disc causes, there are times a doctor’s care is required. If your neck or back pain travels down your arm or leg, or you have numbness, weakness, or tingling, you should get medical attention. Herniated discs do not heal on their own and require treatment at some point. Over time, they will worsen and cause health concerns.

What health concerns can a herniated disc cause if left untreated?

In one regard, the nature of the herniated discs is the same, person to person: they continue to deteriorate. If a herniated disc is not treated, the pain can become excruciating and interfere with your ability to perform normal tasks. You may experience the following: 

  • Sharp, intense pains
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Partial paralysis
  • Rarely, inability to control bowel movements

We recommend that you see the doctor when the pain begins instead of waiting until the symptoms are severe. The choice is yours, however, and this decision is a personal one.

Why choose Long Island Spine Specialists?

As leaders in spinal medicine, our world-class spine specialists provide safe, effective treatment for spine disorders such as herniated discs. We are dedicated to giving the highest level of individualized care with compassion and integrity.

Our specialists have decades of experience and use the highest technological treatments available, including minimally-invasive techniques, to ensure excellent results. We are fully present and engaged to give you support throughout your rehabilitation process and recovery period.


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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