Disc protrusion prevention — steps you can take

Disc protrusion is a common degenerative spine condition and often occurs due to the natural aging process of the spine. While this primary cause of disc protrusion is unavoidable, other risks for developing this condition can be reduced with certain lifestyle changes.

If you are beginning to experience pain and discomfort in your back, this can still be a great time to take some steps to improve the overall health of your spine. By having a better understanding of the potential causes of a disc protrusion and other degenerative spine conditions, you can work more closely with your doctor to make these changes.

Risk factors and prevention for disc protrusion

Over time the spinal discs begin to naturally lose elasticity, making them more likely to bulge or protrude out of their normal place in the spinal column. However, there are also many things that add to the pressure being placed on the discs everyday and can speed up the degenerative process. These include:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Repetitive bending and twisting
  • Improper lifting technique
  • Poor posture

The following adjustments can help promote a healthy spine and potentially prevent conditions like disc protrusion:

  • Exercise regularly to strengthen supporting back muscles
  • Eat a nutrient-rich, balanced diet
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Quit smoking
  • Practice proper posture
  • Learn and practice proper lifting mechanics to avoid straining your back while lifting heavy objects

Treatments for disc protrusion

Even for the healthiest individuals, a disc protrusion may still occur. If an MRI or CT scan has confirmed a diagnosis of a disc protrusion, a course of physical therapy, pain medication, rest and gentle exercise can often help manage symptoms. In the event that these conservative measures prove ineffective, surgery may be recommended.

If you are considering surgery for the treatment of a disc protrusion, contact Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive stabilization procedures and minimally invasive decompression procedures are performed through a small muscle-sparing incision, unlike traditional spine surgery that tears and rips the surrounding muscles. This results in our procedures offering a lower risk of infection and complication as well as a shorter recovery period^ compared to traditional open spine surgery.

We are happy to offer a no-cost review of your MRI* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.