Intervertebral disc pain overview
Intervertebral disc pain is a common condition with up to 40% of all back pain reported to come from the intervertebral discs. Intervertebral discs are both primitive and complex parts of the spine. They are primitive because they do not have a blood supply and rely on simple diffusion of nutrients in and waste products out. This means they are susceptible to ongoing degenerative changes and damage. They are complex in their ability to absorb and distribute the weight of the body and unfortunately, their ability to cause chronic pain.
To identify the cause of your intervertebral disc pain we typically will go through the following questions on the initial consultation to successfully identify which structures are causing your pain.
- Medical profile – Here we look at your medical history for conditions or factors that may contribute to your intervertebral disc pain
- Pain profile – We will ask you about the location of your pain, radiation of pain, and factors or activities that increase or reduce your intervertebral disc pain
- Joint profile – We will ask questions regarding how the area related to your neck or back pain moves.
- Activity profile – We will ask you questions about what activities make the intervertebral disc pain worse such as walking, going to the toilet or sitting.
Intervertebral disc pain can be variable in its onset, intensity and duration. Disc pain from trauma or herniation can be acute, whereas disc pain from degeneration and annular fissuring (tearing) can be chronic. Should a spinal nerve be affected by a disc herniation, symptoms could include neck or back pain, limb pain and limb weakness.
There are many causes of intervertebral disc pain, in the articles below our Balmain and Haberfield chiropractors and physiotherapists have written how some these causes:
- 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
- Intervertebral disc fissures
- Intervertebral disc tears