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Herniated Discs in Ocala, FL

With locations in Lake City, Ocala, and Lady Lake, top-rated Florida Pain and Rehabilitation Center is one of the state’s leading pain management treatment centers, helping patients in Gainesville, The Villages, and the surrounding communities effectively manage pain from herniated discs.

What Causes My Pain from Herniated Discs?

Herniated discs tend to occur in your lower back, or lumbar spine; however, they can also occur in your cervical spine or neck. Common signs and symptoms of a herniated disc include arm or leg pain, although you’ll typically feel the most intense pain in your buttocks, thighs or calf if your herniated disc is in your lower back. If there is a herniated disc in your neck, your pain will generally be extra intense in your shoulder and arms, perhaps shooting into your arm or leg when you cough, sneeze or move your spine into certain positions.

Herniated discs are a problem with one of many rubbery cushions, which are the discs between your individual vertebrae as they stack up your back to make your spine. Your spinal discs have a softer center surrounded by a tough exterior, and a herniated disc in the form of a slipped disc or ruptured disc occurs when some of the softer center pushes out through a tear in the tougher exterior. This can severely irritate your nearby nerves, resulting in intense pain, numbness or weakness in your arm or leg. Fortunately, most people who have a herniated disc don’t need surgery to correct the problem.

How Will You Diagnose and Treat My Pain from Herniated Discs?

People who suffer from a herniated disc very often experience numbness or tingling in their body. This can lead to weakness in the muscles, even causing you to stumble or impairing your ability to lift or hold items. Using your back muscles instead of your leg and thigh muscles when lifting large, heavy objects can sometimes lead to a herniated disc, as can twisting and turning. It’s very often everyday life that is the culprit, with factors such as excess body weight, which can cause extraordinary stresses on the discs in your lower back.

Disc degeneration happens as you age, when your spinal discs start to lose some of their water content, making them less flexible and more prone to tears or rupturing. Worsening symptoms including pain, numbness or weakness, which may increase to the point that you can’t perform your usual daily activities. Saddle anesthesia, which is the progressive loss of sensation that affects the areas of your body that would normally touch a saddle, may also occur.

The professionals at Florida Pain and Rehabilitation are authorities in the treatment of pain from herniated discs, led by Dr. YiLi Zhou, a Harvard-trained, board-certified pain specialist, and neurologist. We can diagnose your condition and help you with interventional pain management treatment for herniated discs. In most cases of herniated disc, a physical exam and a medical history will be a part of your diagnostic process.

Depending on your symptoms, an MRI may be ordered to confirm the location of your herniated disc and to see which of your nerves are affected. Alternatively, an NCV test may be utilized, which can help to show pressure on your spinal cord or nerves due to multiple herniated discs or other conditions. Anticonvulsants have proven to be helpful in the treatment of the radiating nerve pain so often associated with a herniated disc. Muscle relaxers may also be prescribed if you have muscle spasms. A course of oral steroids may be tried to reduce swelling and inflammation, along with cortisone injections such as inflammation-suppressing corticosteroids.

How Much Will it Cost to Treat My Pain from Herniated Discs in Ocala?

At Florida Pain and Rehabilitation, we understand that each patient’s herniated disc condition is unique, which is why we take the time to develop a personalized interventional pain management plan. As a result, your costs will vary based on your unique needs. During your consultation, we will provide you with the specific cost for your customized pain management plan.

We accept most major insurance providers, including the majority of workers’ compensation plans. We also welcome all standard forms of payment, in addition to offering convenient financing and payment plans to make pain management affordable for all of our patients. If you’re in pain, contact us now to set up your appointment, and as long as your insurance doesn’t require authorization from your primary care physician, we can offer you either same day or next day scheduling.

With locations in Lake City, Ocala, and Lady Lake, top-rated Florida Pain and Rehabilitation Center is a leader in treating severe discomfort among residents in Gainesville, The Villages, and the surrounding communities, using the latest pain management techniques and procedures available. Our patients benefit from a faster recovery period, and lower risk of complications caused by herniated discs. Contact us today!

Meet the FLPNR Team

  • YiLi Zhou, MD, Ph.D
  • Bohdan Warycha, MD
  • Hoang (Wayne) T. Vu, DO
  • Heather Shaw, PA-C
  • Vinh-Loc Nguyen, PA-C
  • Irene Aponte Moreno, NP
  • Sunny Park, NP
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Neurologist in Ocala, FL

YiLi Zhou, MD, Ph.D.

Harvard-Trained, Board-Certified Pain Specialist and Neurologist.

Dr. Zhou graduated from Wenzhou Medical College, China in 1982 with training in both modern western medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. He had neurology fellowship training at Shanghai Medical School, specializing in EMG/NCV and evoked potential studies. He served as an attending neurologist in China.

Dr. Zhou came to the USA in 1991. He obtained Ph. D. degree in psychology at Kent State University. He then went to Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, where he served as a chief resident in neurology and worked with Dr. Robert J. Schwartzman, a world renowned RSD expert.

Doctor of Medicine in Ocala, FL

Bohdan Warycha, MD.

Dr. Warycha is board certified by both the American Board of Pain Medicine and the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. After graduating from New York University in 1997 with a degree in Biochemistry, he then earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from Ross University School of Medicine in 2002. Dr. Warycha completed two years of General Surgical training prior to completing his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, where he served as chief resident in 2008-09.

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in Ocala, FL

Hoang (Wayne) T. Vu, DO

Dr. Hoang (Wayne) T. Vu is board certified by both the American Board of Pain Medicine and the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Vu earned his degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in California in 2003. He finished his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency in 2007 as a Chief Resident at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL.

Physician Assistant in Ocala, FL

Heather Shaw, PA-C

Ms. Heather Shaw is a NCCPA certified Physician Assistant and is licensed by the State of Florida Department of Health. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from St Leo University in 2001. She also received an Associate’s Degree in EMS and completed Critical Care Training.

Physician Assistant in Ocala, FL

Vinh-Loc Nguyen, PA-C

Mr. Vinh-Loc Nguyen is a NCCPA certified Physician Assistant and is licensed by the State of Florida Department of Health. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from University of Florida in 1994. He had a successful career in the financial industry before returning to his true passion for medicine.

Nurse Practitioner in Ocala, FL

Irene Aponte Moreno, NP

Ms. Irene Aponte Moreno is an Adult-Gerontology certified Nurse Practitioner and licensed by the State of Florida Department of Health. In 2014, she received her Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Jacksonville State University in December of 2006. In 2003, she received an Associates of Arts degree from Southwestern Michigan College. She also completed an Associate degree in Informatics from the University Institute Antonio Jose de Sucre located in Lara State, Venezuela.

Nurse Practitioner in Ocala, FL

Sunny Park, NP

Ms. Sunny Park is an AANP and ANCC certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, licensed by the State of Florida Department of Health. She graduated with Summa Cum Laude with Bachelor of Arts in Drawing from Southern Illinois University in 1999. She pursued nursing career and graduated with Associate of Science in Nursing in 2007 and started working as a registered nurse in Cardiovascular ICU in St.Luke’s Medical Center. She continued with her education and graduated with Magna Cum Laude obtaining Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2010 from Cardinal Stritch University. During her nursing education, she was awarded multiple scholarships including the Lamplight scholarship by Milwaukee Nurses Association.

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Florida Pain and Rehabilitation Center
Lake City
440 SW Perimeter Glen
Lake City, FL 32025
Florida Pain and Rehabilitation Center
Ocala
1910 SW 18th Court, #200
Ocala, FL 34471
Florida Pain and Rehabilitation Center
Lady Lake
918 Rolling Acres Rd,
Unit 102
Lady Lake, FL 32159

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