Intervertebral disc protrusion
A disc protrusion is a type of disc herniation. Disc herniation is a collective term that includes a disc protrusion and 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.
Symptoms of a disc protrusion may include:
- Local pain at the site of disc protrusion.
- Radiating pain down the arm or leg.
- Pain that is worse with sitting, lifting, and bending.
- Pain that increases from a sitting to a standing position.
- Constant pain made worse by certain movements.
Treatment of a disc protrusion depends on many factors such as the location, severity, and nature of the disc protrusion. If a disc protrusion causes compression or irritation to a nerve, this may also change the treatment approach. All treatments are individualised to each unique case. For more information, please contact one of the chiropractors or physiotherapists at Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C).
You may also like to read these intervertebral disc articles our Balmain and Rozelle chiropractors have put together:
- 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 extrusion
- Intervertebral disc sequestration
- Contained and uncontained intervertebral disc herniation
- Intervertebral disc fissures
- Intervertebral disc tears
- Intervertebral disc infection
- Traumatic intervertebral disc injury