Back disc pain — an overview

Disc pain most often develops in the lumbar (lower) region of the spine. Although discs in other areas can become problematic, the lower back is especially prone because of the large amount of weight it supports daily.

Causes and prevention of disc pain

Conditions affecting the discs in the back are very common and don’t always cause symptoms. In fact, many people have conditions like a bulging disc, herniated disc or ruptured disc without knowing it, because the bulge itself is not the source of pain. When the displaced disc material comes into contact with spinal nerves they can become compressed or irritated, resulting in both local and radiating symptoms.

Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is one of the leading underlying causes of bulging disc pain. DDD is a progressive weakening of the spinal discs that occurs as we age. It is completely normal for our discs to weaken over the years, but there are several steps you can take to help maintain your spine health.

You may help to prevent back disc pain by taking some of the following steps:

  • Sleep on a comfortable mattress. This will give your back extra support and will help to reduce unnatural spine curvature.
  • Quit smoking. Smoking reduces overall circulation, especially to your lower back. Decreased circulation increases the risk of injury and inhibits your body’s ability to heal itself.
  • Eat healthy foods in appropriate amounts. Healthy eating can help the discs receive the nutrients they require to stay elastic and healthy as long as possible.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Extra body weight adds to the overall load that your spine must support. Losing a few extra pounds can reduce this pressure and could reduce your chance of developing disc pain.

A minimally invasive treatment option

Many people maintain extremely healthy lifestyles but may still develop neck and back problems due to age or genetic predisposition. While conservative treatments are often effective, some people pursue spine surgery if other options have been exhausted without bringing the relief necessary for a good quality of life. If you have been recommended to undergo surgery to treat a spinal disc condition, consider the minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute.

Using a less than 1-inch incision and muscle-sparing techniques, our highly-skilled surgeons can remove displaced disc material and other tissue pinching your spinal nerves to help you find relief. Because of the minimally invasive approach to the spine, our procedures offer a shorter recovery time and lower risk of complication than traditional open neck or back surgery.^ Contact us today learn more about the causes of back disc pain, including bulging or herniated disc pain, and how we may be able to help you.

Ask us for a free MRI review* to find out if you are a candidate for one of our procedures and take the next step toward pain relief.