How does the aging process lead to disc extrusion?
Aging is directly related to the gradual deterioration of the discs in the spine, a condition that is frequently called degenerative disc disease. One specific type of disc degeneration is called disc extrusion, which involves the herniation of a disc. As the soft inside of the disc bulges beyond its normal position, it can begin to interfere with the spinal elements surrounding it, including nerve roots and the spinal cord. Therefore, aging can generate problems in the spine because the discs slowly wear down over years of use.
As the body grows older, its components, including the discs in the spine, begin to dry out. When these cushions are no longer as hydrated as they were, they can lose height. Another age-related complication is the reduction in the flexibility of the discs as a whole. Without its characteristic elasticity, the thick outer layer of a disc can become brittle and inflexible, which can lead to disc extrusion after pressure is applied to the disc. Read on to learn more about the treatment options available for this debilitating condition.
Treatment options for age-related disc extrusion
Although growing older isn’t a controllable risk factor, when disc extrusion does occur, the symptoms associated with this condition, such as pain, numbness, tingling and weakness, can be managed in several ways. Physicians generally recommend that patients attempt a regimen of conservative treatments such as anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants, physical therapy, pain medications and chiropractic care. In cases where nonsurgical options have not provided satisfactory results, surgery may be advised.
At Laser Spine Institute, we provide safer and effective outpatient alternatives to traditional open spine surgery^ for patients with disc extrusion. The procedures performed at our state-of-the-art facilities use a less than 1-inch incision and muscle-sparing techniques in order to alleviate disc extrusion symptoms by removing the portion of the disc that is causing pain and discomfort.
Our board-certified surgeons+ have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back conditions, such as disc extrusion. Thereby, setting us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. Contact us today for more information about the innovative procedures that our experienced surgeons perform to provide you with lasting relief. We are here to help guide you through your journey to wellness.
Our dedicated team can evaluate your condition through a no-cost review of your most recent MRI or CT scan* to see if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.