ABOUT DR. CRANE
BENJAMIN CRANE, MD
Dr. Crane is a Fellowship-Trained, Board Certified orthopedic spine surgeon with over ten years in practice in the St. Louis area. Dr. Crane runs a practice of high integrity, focusing on each individual patient's plan back to health. He is committed to making sure each person is able to get back to doing the things they love.
Spine Surgery, Leatherman Spine Center
Rush University, Medical Center
Rush University Medical Center
Rush Medical College
What is it?
A herniated disc is a common injury that can affect any part of the spine. A herniated disc can cause severe pain and other problems in the arms or legs.
Symptoms of a herniated disc vary depending on the location of the disc and the severity of the rupture. Some herniated discs cause no symptoms, and a person with this type of injury may not realize the disc is damaged. But a herniated disc can also cause severe pain, numbness or tingling, and weakness. Most herniated discs occur in the lower back, where they can cause symptoms in the buttocks, legs and feet. Herniated discs also occur in the neck, where they can cause symptoms in the shoulders, arms and hands.
Herniated discs commonly result from age-related weakening of the spinal discs. This is called disc degeneration, and it can occur gradually over many years as a result of normal wear and tear on the spine. A herniated disc can also result from a traumatic injury, or from lifting a heavy object improperly.
Treatment options for herniated disc depend on the location and severity of the injury. A herniated disc may be treated with pain-relieving medications, muscle relaxers and corticosteroid injections. A person with a herniated disc may benefit from physical therapy. If these methods are not effective, the disc may need to be treated with a surgical procedure.