Disc protrusion

Lumbar disc protrusion

Disc protrusions are a type of disc herniation. Disc protrusions can occur apart of the normal ageing process or may be a consequence of injury. Between vertebrae are cartilage shock absorbers that we call intervertebral discs. These cartilage discs allow for distribution of forces, flexibility, and the ability for us to control spinal motion. Over time, these disc can start to wear out, and there are certain occupations, activities, injuries and disease processes that speed this up. As the intervertebral disc becomes displaced from its original position it protrudes out, hence the name disc protrusion. This may allow it to compression the spinal cord or spinal nerves or it may just make the disc chronically irritable (discogenic pain).

Symptoms of disc protrusion

In most cases, we must remember that a protruding disc will never cause symptoms. At other times, it may cause neck pain, mid back pain or low back pain depending on where the disc protrusion is. Disc protrusions can place pressure on the spinal cord or spinal nerves. This can result in pain, weakness and in more rare cases loss of muscle function, bowel function and bladder function.

Treatment for disc protrusion

In most cases, conservative treatment by your chiropractor or physiotherapist will be enough to reduce pain and improve the function of spinal following a disc protrusion. The gold standard of disc protrusion treatment is incorporated into every treatment at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) Balmain and Dee Why. We use mechanical diagnosis and treatment strategies such as McKenzie technique, exercise therapy, muscle therapy and rehabilitation exercises designed to reduce pain and improve the function of your back quickly. In rare circumstances will one of our chiropractors or physiotherapists need to send you to a surgeon for a consultation.

Other causes of low back pain

The following conditions are common causes of low back pain.