A prolapsed disc is a condition in which the soft core of a disc becomes exposed through compression from surrounding vertebrae and leaks into the spinal canal. As the inner material is expelled, this may lead to nearby nerves becoming constricted and cause a variety of symptoms. This condition can also be referred to as a ruptured, herniated or slipped disc. A prolapsed disc can appear in any region of the spine.
Causes of a Prolapsed Disc
Although there is no main cause of this condition, there are a few leading causes that can lead to a prolapsed disc.
- Age: Natural degeneration of the spine may cause this condition.
- Excess Weight: Extra weight can place a harmful amount of pressure on the spine and can result in a prolapsed disc.
- Trauma: High impact traumatic accidents or sports injuries may cause a prolapsed disc.
- Genetic: If there is a family history of a spinal condition, then there is a greater likelihood of developing this condition.
Symptoms of a Prolapsed Disc
This spinal condition will only result in pain or symptoms when the inner core places pressure on surrounding nerves. Here are the leading signs and symptoms of a prolapsed disc:
- Localized pain
- Muscle weakness
- Numbness and tingling
- Radiating pain throughout the body
At OC Spine Center, we strive to treat all spinal conditions with the utmost care and precision. We diagnose each spinal condition through a comprehensive consultation. During the consultation, the physician will perform a short physical exam, assess the symptoms and create a customized treatment plan. Our board-certified spine specialists initially treat all conditions with conservative forms of treatment. Depending on success of the treatment, we may continue with the current treatment or advance to a more involved route. If symptoms persist, our physicians may recommend our minimally invasive spine surgery. We offer specialized decompression procedures to alleviate the symptoms of a prolapsed disc.
If you are interested in starting your journey to relief, contact the spine specialists at OC Spine Center.