Library of Laser Spine Institute torn disc articles

A torn disc in the spine develops when a disc is compressed suddenly with injury or chronically with age and weight gain. Discs in the spine serve to cushion and protect the vertebrae from impact. To accomplish this, they are made of a gel-like inner core and a tough outer wall, which allows the disc to bend and absorb impact easily. However, factors like weight gain and repetitive motions could increase the pressure on a disc from the surrounding vertebrae.

If a disc undergoes too much pressure, the outer layer could begin to deteriorate, allowing a torn disc to develop. Similarly, sudden compression of the spine from an accident or injury could cause the vertebrae to clamp down on a disc, tearing the disc’s outer layer. Explore our library of articles below to learn about your torn disc diagnosis and the minimally invasive treatment options available to ease your symptoms.

Understanding your torn disc diagnosis

If you’ve been diagnosed with a torn disc, it’s important to understand your condition and its causes, so you and your doctor can work together to find the best treatment method for your needs. At Laser Spine Institute, we believe patients should be informed about their condition and the treatments available, so they can make a confident decision about their spine care needs.

Take a moment to read our helpful articles about a torn disc:

Minimally invasive torn disc treatments

If you’ve already been diagnosed with a torn disc and you are searching for treatment options, find out if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery by asking for a no-cost MRI review* from our Laser Spine Institute team. We have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain, setting us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery.

At Laser Spine Institute, our surgeons use a less than 1-inch incision and muscle-sparing techniques, which results in less bleeding, a lower risk of complication and a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck and back surgery.^ Contact our dedicated team today to learn if our outpatient procedures would be effective in relieving your torn disc symptoms.