Board-certified by the American Board of Osteopathic Surgeons, neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Thomas is based in Yakima, Washington. A neurosurgeon with 20 years of experience, Dr. Michael Thomas diagnoses and provides treatment for conditions affecting the nervous system, brain, and spine, such as spinal disc herniation.
Most commonly known as a slipped disc, spinal disc herniation is a condition in which a rip develops in the outer ring of an intervertebral disc, causing the soft center part to bulge out between the damaged rings. Spinal disc herniation is typically caused by wear and tear that worsens as the body ages. In addition, people with jobs that involve constant lifting, squatting, and bending have a greater risk of developing the condition.
Although surgery is generally not needed, it becomes necessary when the pain from the spinal disc herniation spreads to other parts of the body, causing legs muscles to weaken or bladder problems. A well-known procedure called discectomy removes parts of the disc causing the pain and can provide much-needed and quicker relief than non-surgical remedies.