In addition to pain and discomfort, if the torn disc compresses one of your spinal nerves, you may also experience numbness and pain along the affected path of the nerve. After other conservative methods have been visited, surgery may be the best option to repair the torn disc.
If you experience debilitating back pain, or back and leg pain, due to a torn disc, please schedule a consultation with North American Spine and discover how a D.N.D. procedure minimally invasive surgery can help you put chronic pain behind you.
Anatomy of a Torn Disc in Your Back or Neck
Your spinal column is made of up 26 bones—referred to as the vertebrae—that are cushioned by discs. Each disc has two parts—a soft, gelatinous inner portion (nucleus pulposus) and a tough outer ring. The discs protect the bones by absorbing the shocks from daily activities like walking, lifting and twisting. Regardless of the cause, once the tough shell of the disc is torn, the soft gel of the nucleus pulposus can leak out, deforming the disc. Once deformation occurs, the inner portion of the disc can protrude through the outer ring, resulting in this painful condition.
Although any one of the discs can become damaged, torn discs are more common in the lumbar region of the spine. If you suffer from chronic low back pain caused by a torn disc, a minimally invasive procedure by North American Spine may be able to relieve your pain.
To learn more about torn, ruptured, slipped or herniated disc treatments please contact us at 877.474.2225.