What is a Collapsed Disc?
Collapsed discs are discs that have progressively collapsed in height because of the wear on the discs' outer walls. Due to the fact that the vertebra of the neck and lower back support the most weight, it is common that a collapsed disc occurs in these areas of the spine. As time progresses, the mechanics of the vertebrae will naturally deteriorate, making conditions like a collapsed disc very likely.
Collapsed Disc Causes:
Though factors like accidents and severe traumatic injury to the spine can be reason for a collapsed disc, the number one cause is aging. As the intervertebral discs age, they lose moisture and become very weak. Because the divider is now weakened and slowly disappearing, bones can collapse into one another creating a rupture or a herniation and hit a nerve. When nerves are compressed, a collapsed disc is extremely likely.
Collapsed Disc Symptoms:
Almost always, there are absolutely no symptoms for a collapsed disc. Because the condition is known to happen over time, it often goes completely unnoticed. In cases where tissue is entrapped, you might feel pain and weakness. The occasional numbness and tingling can also occur. If the collapsed disc is in your neck, you might feel pain in your shoulders and neck, if it is in your lower back, the hips and legs are affected.
Collapsed Disc Treatments:
- Physical therapy
- Cold/hot compresses
- Staying active
- Pain medications
If a case of a spinal collapse is determined to be more severe after assessed by a doctor, surgical options are available to remove the problem. Removing the disc tissue, or removing the lamina from the vertebrae can help with severe pain. Options for treatment vary based on diagnosis, so it’s important to get an assessment if you feel you might need surgery.
These procedures are minimally invasive, and can help with those who suffer from intense pain.
If you think you might be suffering from a collapsed disc, contact West Medical for a proper diagnosis and to learn about treatment options available to you. We're happy to help! Contact West Medical at (855) 690-0565 and one of our helpful staff members will be happy to assist you.
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