Helping You Find the Best Treatment for Lumbar Disc Herniation

Lumbar Disc Herniation

Lumbar intervertebral discs are fibrous cartilage spacers located between the vertebral bones of the low back.  They function somewhat like shock absorbers, and allow for normal spine movement.

Sometimes intervertebral discs break down resulting in disc "herniations" or "protrusions".  These disc herniations can compress and irritate adjacent nerve roots resulting in neurologic symptoms of "radiculopathy" or "sciatica".

Symptoms of lumbar disc herniations  frequently include back pain and pain and numbness radiating through the buttocks, down the leg, and into the foot.  More severe symptoms can include muscle weakness, and bowel or bladder dysfunction.


Dr. Nelson specializes in the treatment of lumbar herniated discs, sciatica and radiculopathy.  Many patients can reasonably choose from a spectrum of treatment options including non-surgical and surgical options.  The “best” treatment for lumbar herniated discs depends on each patient’s unique symptoms, physical examination, and MRI findings.

An office visit with Dr. Nelson is the best opportunity to understand your condition, and the best treatment options available to you.

Appointments can be scheduled by calling (858) 777-7917