A disc protrusion is a common spinal disorder often a consequence of normal degenerative processes or due to injury. The spinal vertebrae are separated by intervertebral discs that act as shock absorbers, and allow for some flexibility to prevent the vertebrae from rubbing against each other as the spine twists, turns and bends in the course of normal motion. Over time, discs can deteriorate and become displaced from their normal position. Displacement of an intervertebral disc can result in impingement upon the nerve roots or spinal cord. In addition, disc protrusions can result in chronic inflammation of the disc and lead to a condition known as discogenic back pain.
Symptoms of Disc Protrusion
A protruding disc frequently causes no symptoms. Other times a disc protrusion can cause neck pain, mid back pain, or low back pain depending on the level within the spinal column it occurs. Disc protrusions can also cause muscle weakness, stiffness, soreness and loss of flexibility and mobility. If the disc protrusion impinges upon a nerve root then pain, numbness and tingling may result in the arm or leg. A disc protrusion that places pressure on the spinal cord may cause pain or weakness in the extremities, difficulty ambulating or problems with bowel and/or bladder function.
Treatment for Disc Protrusion
Options for treatment of disc protrusion range from exercises and medication to surgery for advanced cases. Minimally invasive spinal surgery can now be used to treat many spinal problems such as disc protrusion. At Princeton Neurological Surgery, Dr. John Lipani, a board-certified, fellowship trained specialist in spine surgery offers surgical treatment to patients with disc protrusion when conservative therapy fails. If you suffer from a disc protrusion or other spinal problems and want to know more about your treatment options, call or email us today to schedule an appointment.
At Princeton Neurological Surgery, Dr. Lipani is a board certified fellowship trained spine surgeon in New Jersey who performs minimally invasive spine surgery as well as complex spinal procedures. Dr. Lipani is a specialist in the treatment for disc protrusion and many other spinal conditions such as spinal stenosis, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, low back pain, neck pain, spinal tumors, spinal cancer and more. Dr. Lipani treats patients from around the world, New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey including locally from Princeton, New Brunswick, Hopewell, Pennington and communities throughout Somerset, Middlesex, Ocean, Burlington, Monmouth and Mercer Counties for disc protrusion. Dr. Lipani offers image guided spine surgery approaches for disc protrusion treatment, tailored to the needs of each patient. For state-of-the-art disc protrusion treatment, call or email us to schedule a consultation at one of our convenient locations in Hamilton or Bridgewater, New Jersey!