Disc sequestration

Intervertebral Disc Sequestration

A disc sequestration is a subcategory of a disc extrusion. These are a number of ‘types’ of disc herniations. A disc sequestration occurs when a portion of a disc extrusion (herniation) breaks off and lodges in the spinal column. When a fragment breaks of the herniated disc, this is sometimes called a ‘free fragment’. This is a medical emergency in the neck and back as it can cause lasting neurological problems.

Symptoms of disc sequestration

Typically a disc sequestration will be associated with neck and back pain. A host of other neurological signs and symptoms is also likely, such as sensation changes and muscle weakness. It may cause bowel and bladder weakness and incontinence. This can cause lasting damage and specialist care is required.

Treatment of disc sequestration

At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) Balmain and Rozelle, if one of our chiropractors and physiotherapists suspect you have a disc sequestration, prompt specialist referral is given. Our chiropractors and physiotherapists will send you for a special imagine known as a MRI. Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) is a neck and back pain centre of excellence, your health is our priority, our chiropractors use a team approach to spinal problems and this means getting many opinions for tricky problems.

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