Three Types of Spinal Disk Problems

lower back painDisc herniation is a spinal disc injury that happens when one of the soft cushion (or “disc”) between the vertebrae in your spine ruptures. Part of the disc will push outward against the spinal cord and cause back and leg pain.

Disc Protrusion – Disc protrusions are also known as disc bulges and occur when the disc protrudes but the ligaments surrounding it remain intact. The outpouching of the disc can put pressure on the nerves in your spinal cord.

Disc Extrusion – A disc extrusion is when the outer portion of the disc ruptures and the gelatinous inner part of the disc squeezes out. The ligaments around the extrusion can be intact, or they can be damaged.

Disc Sequestration – When the gelatinous inner part of the disc is squeezed out and separated from the main part of the disc it is called disc sequestration.

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