Traumatic intervertebral disc injury
Traumatic intervertebral disc injury describes a disc injury that has occurred from physical trauma. Traumatic disc injury occurs in a situation on the sporting field, falls, car accidents and similar accidents. Traumatic disc injury doesn’t include injuries to a disc that has already lost its structural integrity due to degeneration or previous herniation. That is, the disc must be intact and not just ‘finished off’ by a trauma.
It takes a violet injury to damage a disc. Traumatic disc injuries are often also associated with fractures and dislocations of the spine. Hence traumatic disc injuries are often associated with severe pain and impairment.
The treatment for a traumatic disc injury is based on many factors, including the site of injury, severity and associated features and complications such as a spinal fracture. This is an injury that needs specialist medical care.
For more information on intervertebral discs, read below:
- 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