More information about prolapsed discs

A prolapsed disc occurs when a disc in the spine becomes compressed and bursts, impacting a nerve root in the spinal cord. Sometimes this condition is referred to as a slipped disc, but that is inaccurate since the disc itself does not move out of alignment in the spine.

Patients suffering from a prolapsed disc in the spine might feel chronic back pain or acute pain with certain movements. Generally, your pain will correlate with the severity of your spine condition. Milder forms of prolapsed disc might only cause acute pain when bending certain ways, whereas more severe cases of prolapsed disc might result in chronic pain. If you are experiencing either of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor to determine the cause of your pain, the severity of your condition and a treatment plan that works best for you.

What causes a disc to prolapse?

A prolapsed disc will often occur in the lumbar spine, located in the lower back. This is because the lumbar spine undergoes more stress and compression than any other section of the spine. The lumbar spine is responsible for supporting the weight of the body. Over time, as weight gain occurs, the vertebrae in the lumbar spine can begin to compress the disc between each set of vertebrae. With enough compression, a disc can become prolapsed and impact a nerve in the spinal canal, causing you to experience pain.

As you continue to research prolapsed discs and the treatment options available for this spine condition, we encourage you to contact a member of our team with any questions about your condition. You can also review our collection of prolapsed disc information, through the following articles:

Minimally invasive prolapsed disc treatment

If you are ready to move forward on the next step toward recovering from this debilitating spine condition, reach out to Laser Spine Institute. Our highly skilled surgeons are able to remove the prolapsed portion of the disc in order to free up room for the nerve. This procedure is done on an outpatient basis and uses a small muscle-sparing incision, resulting in less surgical blood loss, a reduced risk of complication and no lengthy recovery.^

Laser Spine Institute is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain. To find out if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive spine surgery procedures, schedule a no-cost MRI review* today.