Disc protrusions are a common, condition that occurs when one or more intervertebral discs in the spine sag or bulge, often leading to nerve compression. As a result of the aging process, or hastened by an injury, a protruded disc can be present in the lumbar (lower back), thoracic (middle back), and cervical (neck) segments of the spine and cause a variety of pain-related symptoms. Treatment for a protruded disc ranges from bed rest to spine surgery, depending on the location and severity of the protruded disc.
In a healthy spine, thick intervertebral discs separate the vertebrae and help provide the flexion and extension that we expect in the back and neck. With aging, discs deteriorate. . With aging, water and protein content changes within the disc. Disc walls weaken, become thinner and may eventually bulge or even rupture. Changes resulting in bulging or herniation may be hastened by injury. A disc bulge, or protrusion, can press toward the spinal cord, or divert to the right or left of the spinal cord. This means the bulge can place pressure on the spinal cord itself or on any of the nerve roots that branch from either side of the spinal cord. The result of nerve compression and irritation is a variety of symptoms that can include local neck or back pain, sciatica, muscle weakness, numbness, and more.
At Laser Spine Institute, we believe it is important be a resource of information to those who suffer from any spine condition, including disc protrusion. For this reason we have assembled the following articles for review:
- Disc protrusions
- Broad disc protrusion
- Spine disc protrusion
- Intervertebral disc protrusion
- Right paracentral disc protrusion
- Posterior central disc protrusion
- Cervical spine disc protrusion
- Back disc protrusion
- Neck disc protrusion
- Mild disc protrusion
Non-surgical treatments for disc protrusions, such as analgesics, exercise, stretching, and the application of heat, are the normal first course of action. However, a patient’s symptoms occasionally are extreme or do not respond to conservative therapy and warrant the consideration of spine surgery. If this is your condition, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about endoscopic spine procedures, an exciting alternative to traditional open back surgery. Our outpatient procedures are conducted using the latest technology.
To learn more about disc protrusion and for a complimentary review of your MRI or CT scan, contact Laser Spine Institute today.