• Lumbar Disc Herniation

    The spinal discs are soft, spongy structures that are positioned between the vertebrae to provide flexibility and shock absorption for the spine. Lumbar disc herniation is a condition that develops when a disc in the lumber spine, or lower back, slips out of position or bulges outward, putting pressure on the spinal nerves. A herniated lumbar disc can be a significant source of pain and discomfort—including symptoms of sciatica like numbness and weakness in the lower body—and it may require surgical care to repair.

    Through the process of lumbar discectomy, herniated lumbar discs are removed so that pressure on nearby nerves is relieved. Surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis, and it has an exceptionally high success rate for relieving lower back pain and sciatica symptoms.

    To understand the causes of your lower back pain and explore all available treatment options, contact MK Orthopaedics at (815) 741-6900. Our Joliet practice offers a wide range of back pain treatment options, including minimally invasive surgery, physical therapy, and steroid injections. Dr. Rebecca Kuo is MK Orthopaedics’ spine care specialist. MK Orthopaedics has offices in Joliet, Bolingbrook, Mokena and Channahon.