Intervertebral disc fissures
Disc (intervertebral disc) fissure is the term for a tear within a disc. Disc fissures occur as the body ages or are associated with injuries, infections and disease that affect the spine. Disc fissures can occur in different directions within the disc and may be acute or chronic. For technical information, please read our article on disc fissures.
Not all disc fissures are painful. When painful, disc fissures will cause pain at the level of the tear in the spine. In the neck, an intervertebral disc fissure may cause pain in the shoulder or arm, or the middle of the shoulder blades (interscapular region). In the low back, pain may refer to the buttock or down the leg.
The treatment for disc fissures is unique to each individual. Treatment will depend on the nature, severity, and location of the tear. Please contact one of our Balmain chiropractors or physiotherapists for more information.
You may also be interested in reading other conditions that can cause intervertebral disc pain
- Intervertebral disc summary
- Degenerative intervertebral discs (technical)
- Degenerative intervertebral discs (non-technical)
- Normal Vs pathological intervertebral disc changes
- Intervertebral disc bulge
- Intervertebral disc herniation
- Intervertebral disc protrusion
- Intervertebral disc extrusion
- Intervertebral disc sequestration
- Contained and uncontained intervertebral disc herniation
- Intervertebral disc tears
- Intervertebral disc infection
- Traumatic intervertebral disc injury