A spine disc protrusion is a common condition affecting millions of people worldwide. It is most commonly associated with aging or injury. Because the shock-absorbing discs located between the vertebrae help with movement, flexibility and spine protection, disc disintegration can often have painful and debilitating effects on the rest of the body. Spine disc protrusion can occur in the cervical ( neck and upper back), thoracic (middle back) or lumbar (lower back) regions of our spine.
A healthy intervertebral disc is a tough, pliable pad interposed between adjacent vertebral bodies. The oval-shaped vertebral bodies and healthy discs have roughly the same circumference. However, if the discs should tear, shift or expand beyond their normal circumference (spine disc protrusion), the discs may interfere with other spinal structures, like the nerves that enter and exit the spinal column.
Below are some disc protrusion symptoms that correspond with the affected region of the neck or back:
- Cervical disc protrusion – Pain, tingling or weakness in neck or upper back. Symptoms may radiate from neck to shoulders, arms and hands. You may experience pain when moving your head.
- Thoracic disc protrusion – pain may feel as if it is surrounding the chest, rib cage and torso.
- Lumbar disc protrusion – pain, tingling or weakness in the lower back or area of the tailbone. Symptoms may travel from the lower back, down through the legs and feet.
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