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Disc Displacement

Disc displacement occurs when a disc has fallen out of its alignment in the backbone (spine). A spinal disc provides cushioning from daily activity while keeping the bones (vertebrae) separated. When a disc becomes displaced, it is no longer able to provide that cushioning in between the vertebrae. This causes daily tasks to be extremely painful from the lack of cushioning and difficult to complete.

Most frequently, disc displacement occurs in the lower back (lumbar spine), leading to chronic lower back pain. Disc displacement is a serious condition, and if you suffer from chronic pain that stems from it, you need to consult a doctor for a specific treatment plan. If it is not treated appropriately, it can lead to pain that is so bad that it disables a person, unable to move and perform everyday tasks.

What Causes Disc Displacement?

Back pain is unavoidable as a person ages. Your spinal column is made up of a series of bones called vertebrae that are stacked one on top of the other. In between each vertebra are intervertebral discs that act as shock absorbers or pads. The vertebrae are held together with a series of muscles and ligaments. As a natural part of the aging process, those discs will begin to deteriorate making them lose elasticity, density, and fluid volume. This is called disc degeneration. Disc displacement occurs due to the natural aging process, disc degeneration. Males who are 35 to 50 years old are more likely to suffer from disc displacement than women in the same age range. People who are obese and live inactive lifestyles, as well as people with professions where they constantly lift heavy objects, are more likely to suffer from this.

Symptoms of Disc Displacement

The most common symptom is pain at the site where the vertebra has fallen out of its alignment. This is typically lower back pain. Other symptoms include numbness and tingling, weakening of muscles, muscle spasms, and back stiffness. Over time, the pain will get worse and your level of activity may also affect how severe your pain is.

Treatment for Disc Displacement

Our physicians provide specific treatment plans for disc displacement. We specialize in treating back pain caused by many vertebral conditions. Our focus is on minimally invasive procedures that allow our patients to continue with their daily routines. We will work with you to help bring you back to the level of productivity you were at before chronic pain took over your life. A diagnostic consultation is the first step to creating a customized treatment plan for your back pain. Our physicians use individualized treatment plans that will eventually allow our patients to perform their daily routines without pain.

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