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NY Mets David Wright has surgery on disk in neck

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NY Mets captain and infielder David Wright underwent surgery on Thursday for a herniated disk in his neck. After unsuccessfully alleviating his pain with rest, rehab and anti-inflammatory injections, the surgery came as a last resort for Wright.

Dr. Robert V. Moriarty, M.D., an orthopedist and sports medicine specialist based in Long Island, NY,  often helps patients with disk herniation by providing them with on-site treatment and additional treatment options. Dr. Moriarty wants to utilize this local headline to educate his patients and baseball fans alike about herniated disks.
Herniated Disk

What is a Herniated Disk? 

  • A “disk” refers to the soft tissue structure that helps separate and cushion the spinal bones
  • Disk has gel-like center known as the nucleus pulposus and a tough, flexible outer ring called the annulus fibrosus
  • A herniated disk occurs when the jelly-like nucleus pushes against the outer ring, causing pain
What are the symptoms?  Herniated disks in neck (cervical):
  • Pain in muscles between neck and shoulder
  • Weakness in one arm
  • Tingling/numbness in arm
  • Loss of bladder/bowel control
  • Burning pain in shoulders, neck or arm
Herniated disks in lower back (lumbar):
  • Back pain
  • Weakness in one leg
  • Shooting pain down leg/foot  (sciatica)
  • Tingling sensation/numbness in leg and/or foot
  • Loss of bladder/bowel control
  • Burning centered in the neck
  What are the treatment options? 
  • Most can be treated without surgery (rest, activity modification, medication)
  • Injections, physical therapy and chiropractic management
  • In severe cases, surgery may be necessary and is often successful
  Think you or a loved one might have a herniated disk or another orthopedic injury? Contact us today at our Huntington, NY location to discuss your treatment.

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