Disc protrusions may occur when the outer wall of the intervertebral disc suffers from a combination of low grade tearing and subsequent over-expansion. The disc stretches outward, while not fully rupturing, protruding much further into the spinal cavity than a typical bulging disc.
Disc Protrusion Diagnosis
Some patients may go their entire lives without a sign of a troublesome disc protrusion, but disc protrusions only become problematic once symptoms occur. The use of an MRI is necessary to visually determine if the disc extends beyond the bounds of the vertebrae and identify the suspected protruded disc. If a protruding disc is found, a physical exam and assessment of discomfort will help to determine whether any tingling, numbness, loss of motion or pain are the result of the disc.
Disc Protrusion Treatment
Once a disc protrusion causing neurological symptoms is found and diagnosed, it is recommended that treatment begin promptly to prevent the risk of additional damage to nerves and soft tissues in the area. With problematic disc protrusions, it is important to properly identify the source of the pain or discomfort and begin a program. This allows the disc to repair the tearing that compromises the structure of the disc. If conservative treatment is ineffective, minimally invasive spine surgery is recommended to allow a fast and efficient recovery.
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