Damage to Discs Between Vertebrae Causes Compression of Spinal Nerve Roots

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Damage to Discs Between Vertebrae Causes Compression of Spinal Nerve Roots

Vertebrae Compression

The spine is composed of many bones called vertebrae, which are separated by tough pads (called intervertebral discs) intended to reduce shock and friction. When these discs degenerate due to age or injury, they can rupture, allowing the gelatinous material within to seep into the spaces between vertebrae. Compression of the spinal nerve roots can result if this material pushes against the nerves exiting the spinal column. This can lead to symptoms such as pain, tingling, numbness, and loss of mobility.

The foramen

There are also small passages—called foramina—in the vertebrae, through which the spinal nerve roots travel. Sometimes, material such as scar tissue or bone spurs can cause a foramen to constrict around the nerve root as it passes through one of the vertebrae. The resulting compression elicits similar symptoms to those of a herniated disc.


Laser Spine Institute employs the most advanced technology available to treat the causes of spinal nerve root compression. Our minimally invasive procedures can address your spine condition without the added risks and inconvenience of traditional open back surgery. If your physician’s treatment plan has not had the success you’ve longed for, and you’re considering back surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute to discuss how we can help and to arrange a review of your most recent CT scan or MRI.

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