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Is a herniated disc and an extruding disc the same thing?

A disc extrusion is also known as a disc herniation and describes a condition where the gel-like inner center of a disc herniates out of the disc space and into the spinal column due to an immense amount of pressure, causing nerve compression in the spine. As a result of this disc extrusion, chronic symptoms such as pain, numbness, weakness and tingling can arise. This condition can develop as a result of traumatic injury, excess weight and strenuous activity. However, it is most commonly attributed to age. Read on to learn about the conservative and surgical treatments available to relieve a disc extrusion.

Conservative treatments for disc extrusion

If your doctor has confirmed that you are suffering from a disc extrusion or herniation, then the following conservative treatments may be beneficial in relieving your symptoms:

  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Pain medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic care
  • Acupuncture

However, if these treatments fail to provide you with adequate relief after several weeks or months, there are other means of treatment to consider, such as the minimally invasive spine surgery offered at USA Spine Care.

Minimally invasive disc extrusion surgery

At USA Spine Care, our minimally invasive procedures offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery as well as no lengthy recovery and a lower risk of complication.^ As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, USA Spine Care has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from their chronic neck or back conditions, such as a disc extrusion. To learn more about the advantages of our minimally invasive spine surgery and the procedures we offer, contact USA Spine Care today.

To treat a disc extrusion, our highly skilled surgeons use a small incision that spares the muscles and ligaments surrounding the spine in order to remove the portion of the disc that is extruding or herniating, thereby allowing the patient to experience lasting relief from their symptoms. Reach out to our dedicated team and ask for a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our outpatient procedures. We can help you recapture your quality of life from this debilitating condition.

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