Disc extrusion, or a herniated disc, occurs as the outer shell is ruptured and the soft core becomes exposed. As the core leaks out, it may place pressure on the nerve roots or the spinal cord. This condition may lead to nerve compression and other forms of debilitating pain. Disc extrusion is a product of disc deterioration and is considered a degenerative spine condition.
Causes of Disc Extrusion
Although there is no exact cause of disc extrusion, here are some main causes that may lead to this spine condition:
- Age: Gradual wear on the disc and disc movement will progress over time which may lead to disc extrusion.
- Trauma: Traumatic accidents and sports injuries may cause this spinal condition.
- Excess weight: Extra weight creates pressure on the spine and may lead to disc extrusion.
- Genetics: If your family has a history of spine conditions, there may be a greater risk in developing this condition.
Symptoms of Disc Extrusion
Signs and symptoms will vary based on the severity of the condition and location of the extruded disc. Below are some of the top symptoms of disc extrusion:
- Limited mobility
- Chronic pain
- Neck and back pain
- Muscle weakness
- Numbness and tingling
- Muscle atrophy
Our board-certified spine specialists continuously research and employ the leading spinal treatment options. We aim to target and treat all spine conditions with conservative methods. In some cases, more controlled forms of treatment do not prove successful. If symptoms remain, our physicians will recommend our minimally invasive spine surgery. Our spine surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure, low risk and has a short recovery time.
To learn more about our treatment options and how to alleviate your pain, please reach out to the spine specialists at OC Spine Center.