A collapsed disc occurs when the cushioning between the discs in the spine becomes thinner and smaller. Collapsed discs can occur in the cervical spine (neck) and lumbar spine (lower back). The thoracic spine (middle back) is typically not affected due to its mobility being restricted by the rib cage.
Collapsed discs are commonly caused by disc degeneration. The weight-bearing vertebrae essentially collapse from wear and tear, leading to painful symptoms as time goes on. Acute injuries to the spine can also cause painful symptoms, and cause damage to discs that may eventually complicate your activities of daily living.
Symptoms of numbness, tingling, and weakness in the arms or legs are commonly associated with persistent lower back or neck pain. Radiations of pain into the legs or arms are patterned symptoms related to a collapse disc. These are often described as dull, stabbing, burning, stinging, sharp, and throbbing pain.
At The Spine Care Center, we prepare a unique treatment plan that best suits each patient. Every patient will undergo a thorough physical assessment, and possibly undergo diagnostic imaging to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment.
Our treatments for back and neck pain include conservative injections such as:
In rare cases, we may perform minimally invasive surgery to help alleviate your pain. However, we are able to alleviate the pain for most patients without surgery. Please contact our office to request more information.