Disc protrusion

Intervertebral disc protrusion

A disc protrusion is a type of disc herniation. Disc herniation is a collective term that includes a disc protrusion and a disc extrusion. A disc protrusion is described as a local or focal area of a disc (less than 25% of the disc) that has extended beyond where the disc usually sits (apophyseal ring). This area of disc protrusion is bigger at its start then the end (part poking out) and no disc material has broken off into the spine.

Symptoms of a disc protrusion

A protrusion is a likely cause of neck and back pain, however some disc protrusions do not cause neck or back pain. All disc herniations involve fissures or tears of the intervertebral discs. If these tears reach the outer third of the disc where all the disc pain fibres are located, neck and back pain will likely occur. When a disc becomes painful in the neck and back we call this discogenic pain. If the disc protrusion compresses a spinal nerve or the spinal cord then neck and back pain are likely. Spinal nerve compression in the neck will cause neck pain and pain radiation down the arm into the hands. Spinal nerve compression in the low back will cause low back pain and pain radiation into the legs and feet. Your chiropractor or physiotherapist at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) will explain all of these symptoms to you in length.

Treatment of a disc protrusion

At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) we are a neck and back pain treatment centre of excellence. We use evidence based treatments for neck and back pain disc protrusions. Our chiropractors and physiotherapists will concentrate on reducing pain, reducing inflammation and improving the function to the spine. Our chiropractors and physiotherapists do this is a combination advice, reassurance, hands on treatments, muscle therapy, manipulations, mobilisations, McKenzie Method and ancillary treatments such as heat, ice and ultrasound. Rehabilitation exercises to get you back to your pre-injury self and function is a large focus.

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