Disc protrusion occurs as discs deteriorate. As discs become weaker, they become more susceptible to damage. Discs begin to move and protrude out as they endure natural degeneration. It is only as these protruding discs compress nearby nerves or the spinal cord, that symptoms will arise. If left untreated, this individual spinal issue may prompt several others.
Causes of Disc Protrusion
Some of the main causes of disc protrusion are:
- Age: It is inevitable that discs become weakened over time due to age. With natural degeneration of the spine, a greater risk of developing disc protrusion is presented.
- Excess weight: As body weight increases, the amount of stress on the spinal discs increases and can lead to this spinal condition.
- Trauma: Injuries sustained from traumatic accidents or sports may contribute to disc protrusion.
- Genetics: If there is a family history of spine conditions or complications, one may be at a higher risk for this condition.
Symptoms of Disc Protrusion
As discs become compressed, there is a variety of symptoms that present themselves. Patients may experience one or more of these symptoms:
- Localized pain
- Neck and back pain
- Muscle weakness
- Limited mobility
At OC Spine Center, we aim to treat all spine conditions with leading spine treatments. We tailor each treatment plan based on the patient’s condition. For some patients, spinal conditions can be treated with a conservative form of therapy. If symptoms persist, then our board-certified physicians may suggest spine surgery. Our spine surgery is an outpatient procedure, minimally invasive, low risk and has a short recovery time.
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