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.
Causes of disc pain
Intervertebral disc are located between the vertebrae of the spine and act as cushions to keep the vertebrae from crushing into each other. As we age, these discs begin to degenerate. Intervertebral discs are naturally comprised of 90 percent water. As they degenerate, they begin to lose this water and can move outside of their ordained location, causing nerve compression and irritation. Disc conditions caused by degeneration include:
- Bulging discs
- Herniated discs
- Prolapsed discs (or “slipped” discs)
- Disc protrusion
- Disc collapse or thinning
- And more
Not all degenerative disc conditions cause patients lasting pain. In fact, nearly 90 percent of all patients who experience pain will find relief within three weeks of the initial 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.
Often, conservative methods are successful for patients dealing with pain associated with disc conditions. However, 10 percent of the time patients do not find any relief from these options and must look into 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 effective minimally invasive procedures to treat the pain caused by many conditions, including degenerative disc conditions. contact Laser Spine Institute to receive a review of your MRI or CT scan to see if you are a candidate for a minimally invasive procedure today.