Disc pain overview

Disc pain can be debilitating. Patients suffering from disc pain often find that they are unable to continue living with the quality of life they deserve. Though not all conditions relating to the disc cause pain, when the disc material moves outside of its natural location, patients may experience pain. This is most common as the disc material compresses and irritates surrounding nerves. To learn about what causes disc pain as well as what treatments are available for relief, read the following article.

Causes of disc pain

Spinal discs are located between the vertebrae of the spine and act as cushions and shock absorbers. Discs are naturally comprised of 90 percent water. As we age, degeneration occurs, and the discs begin to lose their water content. This can cause them to move outside of their intended location, causing nerve compression and irritation.

Disc conditions caused by degeneration include:

  • Bulging discs
  • Herniated discs
  • Prolapsed discs
  • Thinning disc
  • Disc protrusion

Not all degenerative disc conditions cause patients lasting pain. At times, these conditions can arise without causing any symptoms at all. However, when the disc material migrates out of its place between the vertebrae, disc material can press against nerve roots or the spinal cord. This can cause pain, tingling, numbness and weakness.

Treatment options for disc pain

Often, conservative methods are successful for patients dealing with pain associated with disc conditions. However, sometimes patients do not find any relief from these options and must consider surgical procedures to find relief. Before opting to undergo any surgical procedure, make sure to educate yourself on your procedural options and the experience of the surgeon you choose.

Laser Spine Institute offers patients a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery, in the form of minimally invasive spine surgery.^ Our muscle-sparing procedures are used to treat the pain caused by many conditions, including degenerative disc conditions. Contact Laser Spine Institute to learn more about what sets us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery.

Since 2005, our highly skilled surgeons have helped more than 75,000 patients find lasting relief from their disc pain. To receive a review of your MRI or CT scan for free* and to determine if you are a potential candidate for a minimally invasive procedure, reach out to our dedicated team. We look forward to helping you on your journey to wellness.