A right paracentral disc protrusion refers to an intervertebral disc that is bulging outside of its normal circumference. As the name implies, the protrusion (or bulge) is occurring on the right side of the patient’s body.
A disc protrusion involves one of the tough, pliable oval-shaped discs located between the vertebrae that has weakened and is pushing outward from its center. In cases of disc protrusions, however, the disc has not yet broken open and allowed its jelly-like center to leak out into the spinal column.
Because a right paracentral disc protrusion does invade the surrounding space, there is a chance that it may compress other parts of the spine, such as the spinal nerves that are branching off the spinal cord.
A disc protrusion can be divided into two categories:
- Broad-based – a broad disc protrusion occurs when the protruding section of the disc covers 90 to 180 degrees of the total intervertebral disc circumference.
- Focal – when the protruding section of the disc covers less than 90 degrees of the total intervertebral disc circumference.
The terms “bulging disc” and “protruded disc” are differentiated based upon the proportion of the disc’s circumference. A protruding disc has an expanded area involving less than half of the disc’s circumference. A bulging disc is often classified as a disc expansion involving more than 180 degrees of the disc’s 360-degree circumference.
Right paracentral disc protrusion symptoms can take the following forms:
- Cervical disc protrusion – problems with mobility in neck, head and shoulders; loss of feeling in hands and arms.
- Thoracic disc protrusion – pain that feels concentrated around the torso, sternum, rib cage or diaphragm.
- Lumbar disc protrusion – numbness or tingling in the lower back, legs and feet; radiating pain due to pressure on the sciatic nerve.
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