Disc Protrusion

Disc Protrusion vs. Herniation

Can 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. […]

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Posterolateral Disc Protrusion

The 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).

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Anterior Disc Protrusion

An 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 […]

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Paramedian Disc Protrusion

Again, 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 […]

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Foraminal Disc Protrusion

The 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 […]

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Posterior Disc Protrusion

A 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.

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Central Disc Protrusion

A 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 […]

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Broad Based Disc Protrusion

A 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 […]

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Focal Disc Protrusion

A 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 […]

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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, […]

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Disc Protrusion Treatment

There 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 […]

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