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How to fix a disc extrusion

Disc extrusion happens when the interior, gel-like portion of a spinal disc leaks out of the tougher, fibrous outer portion. Cracks appear in these discs due to wear and tear, as well as traumatic injuries.

The resulting leaked material can put pressure on nearby nerves, causing any number of symptoms at the site of the extrusion and in other areas of the body. So, it’s only natural to wonder how you can fix the problem. Frankly, there’s no sure-fire method to fix a ruptured disc. There are, however, methods for reducing the symptoms that they cause.

Conservative options

For some people, the body naturally reabsorbs the disc material, eliminating the symptoms over time. Others find that their symptoms can be effectively managed through a thorough regimen of conservative treatment measures. Every patient differs, so it’s important to consult with your physician before you decide to try a treatment plan, but there are some commonly recommended options that most patients eventually use in some form, such as:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Physical therapy
  • Regular low-impact exercise
  • Stretching exercises

You may wish to incorporate some complementary therapies into this regimen as well. Acupuncture, chiropractic therapy and other methods have been helpful to some patients.

When surgery is an option

Sometimes, surgery is used to address disc extrusion. However, this measure is reserved for people who have already tried other options but were unable to find relief from their symptoms. In some cases, removal of a part of the affected disc is sufficient for alleviating pain. In other circumstances, the entire disc may need to be taken out. Either way, if you are recommended for disc extrusion surgery, be sure to weigh your options — including conventional open back surgery and the minimally invasive surgery offered by USA Spine Care.

To learn about our outpatient options for minimally invasive surgery, contact USA Spine Care today.

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