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Low back disc protrusion

Disc protrusions are a type of disc herniation. Between vertebral bones, there are cartilage shock absorbers called intervertebral discs. These cartilage discs allow for distribution of forces, flexibility, and the ability to control spinal motion. Over time, these discs can start to wear out, and there are certain occupations, activities, injuries and disease processes that accelerate this. As the intervertebral disc becomes displaced from its original position it protrudes out, hence the name disc protrusion. This protrusion may cause the disc to compress the spinal cord or spinal nerves causing pain and other symptoms.

For a more detailed distribution of disc protrusion please see the following articles:


The symptoms of disc protrusions depend on many factors. Some disc protrusion do not cause pain, while others cause both local back pain where the disc protrusion is located and radiating pain into the buttock, thigh, leg and foot. A disc protrusion may irritate and compress a nerve. This may cause neurological symptoms such as numbness and muscle weakness.


The treatment for disc protrusions (herniations in general) depends on the location, nature and severity of the disc protrusion. Chiropractic and physiotherapy treatments can effectively manage disc protrusions. Other protrusions may need medical and surgical treatment. Please contact your health provider for more information.

Other causes of low back pain

The following conditions are some causes of low back pain.