Disc Protrusion

Disc Protrusion vs. Herniation

bulging vs herniated disc 211x300 Disc Protrusion vs. HerniationCan you make a clear distinction between disc protrusion vs. herniation? Despite being two of the most frequent spinal injuries, many who experience them are not sure about the difference between them. Protrusions and herniations are the most typical damages in the back involving the discs, that are naturally susceptible to compression, tearing or bulging.

Common Symptoms 

Both disc protrusion and herniation can be painful or alternatively have small symptomatic influence depending on the location and severity of the injury. The conditions may both aggravate or lead to degeneration of the spine with the aging of the patient. Muscle weakness, loss of ability to move, arthritis and also numbness in the limbs are frequent symptoms brought on by both protrusion and herniation.

Both conditions can solely be discovered by employing Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) since at first only soft tissues, and not bone tissues, are involved in the injuries. Read more

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Lateral Disc Protrusion

focal disc protrusion 300x128 Lateral Disc ProtrusionA lateral disc protrusion is called so because it occurs at the side of the disc (lateral = on the side). It can be an intraforaminal or extraforaminal disc protrusion, or even both at the same time.

Also, when a protrusion develops at both sides of the same disc, it is called bilateral protrusion. Read more

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Posterolateral Disc Protrusion

herniated disk exercises 300x225 Posterolateral Disc ProtrusionThe term posterolateral disc protrusion is another way to describe the location of the occurrence of a disc bulge in relation to the disc itself.

In this case, posterolateral means that the disc protrudes between the side of the disc and the entrance of the intervertebral foramen (the opening where the spinal nerve passes). Read more

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Anterior Disc Protrusion

Herniated Disc L5 199x300 Anterior Disc ProtrusionAn anterior disc protrusion occurs when the inner part of the disc (the nucleus pulposus) bulges into the front part of the outer ring (the annulus fibrosus).

This makes it the exact opposite of the posterior disc protrusion, where the disc wedges itself backwards.

Anterior protrusions are not as common as posterior bulges and are usually not as serious, which is why they often remain undiagnosed. The typical location of an anterior disc protrusion is the lower back at L5-S1 level. Read more

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Midline Disc Protrusion

lowerbackpain Midline Disc ProtrusionA midline disc protrusion, also called central disc protrusion, usually occurs at the lower back and is mostly painful, since it typically impinges the nerve root directly.

The technical word midline is used to specify the position of the protrusion in relation to the disc. Hence in this case, the bulge is located toward the midsection of the disc (read more on central disc protrusion section). Read more

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Paramedian Disc Protrusion

7daycure sm Paramedian Disc ProtrusionAgain, the medical term paramedian disc protrusion solely specifies the location of the protrusion in relation to the disc.

When the bulge is occurring between the midline and the side of the disc, the condition is considered a paramedian disc protrusion.

As the affected disc does not press directly on the nerve root, a paramedian disc protrusion tends to be less painful. Read more

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Extraforaminal Disc Protrusion

paracentral disc protrusion 300x199 Extraforaminal Disc ProtrusionAs with many of the other types of disc protrusion, the medical term extraforaminal disc protrusion merely indicates the precise location of the disc bulge.

Other than a foraminal, or intraforaminal disc protrusion, this one occurs outside the foramen (that’s the opening of the backbone were the spinal nerve passes). Read more

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Intraforaminal Disc Protrusion

Anlumbar hernia3 Intraforaminal Disc Protrusion intraforaminal disc protrusion is basically the same thing as a foraminal disc protrusion. The term intraforaminal is merely used in order to show the distinction to the extraforaminal disc protrusion.

These terms are only used to characterize the position or location of the actual protrusion of the disc.

Hence, an intraforaminal protrusion is located within the limits of the intervertebral foramen (the opening where the spinal nerve passes), compressing the nerve root above the concerned disc. Read more

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Foraminal Disc Protrusion

foraminal disc protrusion 87x300 Foraminal Disc ProtrusionThe thing that sets apart a foraminal disc protrusion from a regular disc protrusion is the location of the pressure that the disc puts on the spinal nerve. In this case the compression mostly occurs on the superiorly exiting nerve root, meaning above the actually protruding disc.

Due to this particularity, it is not quite easy to correctly diagnose a foraminal disc protrusion, although the patients might feel the pain caused by it. A lot of times this condition can go unnoticed or misinterpreted.

A foraminal disc protrusion is mostly found affecting the discs at L4-L5 or at L3-L4 level, sometimes at L5-S1 level. The patients who suffer from it are typically in their fifties or older. Foraminal disc protrusions account for less than 10 percent of all cases of disc protrusion. Read more

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Posterior Disc Protrusion

posterior disc protrusion1 300x199 Posterior Disc ProtrusionA posterior disc protrusion is a disc protrusion where the affected disc has bulged backwards and therefore can more easily put pressure on the sensitive spinal nerve roots.

The symptoms of a posterior disc protrusion can include radiating leg and arm pain, local back pain, numbness and tingling as well as sciatica. Read more

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Central Disc Protrusion

Caduceus Sign 300x199 Central Disc ProtrusionA central disc protrusion is a disc protrusion where the bulge of the affected disc is pointing towards the middle part of the spinal canal. The spinal canal is the place where the nerve roots as well as the spinal cord can be found.

Thus, as a result of the pressure generated by the central disc protrusion, the sufferer might be affected by pain that radiates along the concerned nerve. Numbness or weakness in the legs and arms can also be symptoms of a central disc protrusion. Read more

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Broad Based Disc Protrusion

broad based disc protrusion 300x300 Broad Based Disc ProtrusionA disc protrusion that encompasses more than 25% and up to 50% of the circumference of the disc itself, is called broad based disc protrusion.

So basically the term “broad based” only refers to the actual size of the bulge and nothing else.

It does not mean that having a broad based disc protrusion is more or less severe than a regular disc protrusion. Read more

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Focal Disc Protrusion

focal disc protrusion 187x300 Focal Disc ProtrusionA focal disc protrusion is in a way the opposite of a broad based disc protrusion when it comes to both its classification and to some degree its severity. A disc protrusion is called focal, when the actual bulge has a very small size, more precisely less than 25% of the circumference of the entire disc.

Many patients tend to disregard the condition when they hear about the low level of severity. But despite the fact that a focal disc protrusion will sound irrelevant at first, the condition should not be taken easily since it often presents a first signal of a serious muscle imbalance.

If treated in time, more fatal things like a herniated disc and back surgery can be avoided. Read this free back pain book to find out what you can do now to fix your disc protrusion. Read more

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What is a Disc Protrusion?

lumbar herniated disc 2r What is a Disc Protrusion?Have you been diagnosed with some sort of disc injury and now you are wondering what that is? Here is a quick technical explanation of what occurs when a disc is protruding.

First of All, What Exactly is a Disc?

As you probably know, your back is made up of a series of individual bones, called vertebrae. They are separated by small cushions, also known as discs. These elements serve as shock-absorbing pads and are located between each of the back bones or vertebrae. Read more

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Disc Protrusion Treatment

inversion tables good or bad Disc Protrusion TreatmentThere are various disc protrusion treatment alternatives that can help eliminate acute back pain caused by a protruded disc.

This post will talk about some of the most effective such therapy options. In order to achieve lasting results however, an effective combination of treatments targeted for your unique condition will be most successful.

Such a combination, which typically includes specific exercises for herniated discs, is set up based on which muscle areas need to be strengthened in your case. Read about how you can find about your muscle imbalances with the free 7-day back pain book or visit FixMyDiscDisease.info. Read more

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