Disc Protrusion Types — Protruding Discs in the Lumbar Spine, Thoracic Spine and Cervical Spine

Educate yourself on disc protrusion types to better understand your spine condition.

There are several types of disc protrusion. The different types typically refer to the part of the spine where the protrusion is located. Physicians typically use the following classifications to distinguish between the different types:

  • Lumbar protruding discs, which occur in the bottom part of the spine in the lower back
  • Thoracic protruding discs, which occur in the central part of the spine in the middle back
  • Cervical protruding discs, which occur in the upper part of the spine in the neck

Physicians will also note several types of disc protrusion based on how severe the condition is. A mildly protruding disc may barely show up on imaging scans and likely will not cause any symptoms, while a severely protruding disc may be easy to spot and quite symptomatic.

Symptoms of disc protrusion

If a protruding disc becomes so severe that it causes pain and discomfort, patients can explore several different treatment options. Most of these are conservative in nature; for instance, medications, physical therapy, epidural steroid injections and low-impact exercise can all help minimize symptoms. However, patients with extremely severe disc protrusion may require something more advanced, such as surgery to address the underlying condition.

Contact Laser Spine Institute for more information

At Laser Spine Institute, we perform several minimally invasive procedures for patients with disc protrusion. We’ll be happy to explain the surgeries that we offer and which disc protrusion types they’re most appropriate for. Simply call us today to schedule a consultation.