More information about a torn disc

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 nucleus and a tough, elastic outer layer, 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 elastic outer layer could begin to deteriorate, allowing a torn disc to develop. Similarly, sudden compression on the spine from an accident or injury could cause the vertebrae to clamp down on a disc, tearing the disc’s outer layer.

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.

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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.