MRI of the side view of the lower back and tailbone. Notice the larger protrusion backwards towards the spinal cord. The two discs above the injury have a normal appearance.The injury to a disc almost always involves micro-tearing to the fibers that make up the disc.
If the fibers tear enough there will be displacement of the internal disc materials causing a bulge.
This bulge can put pressure on, compress the spinal cord or the spinal nerve roots both of which can cause disabling pain and swelling.
If those same fibers tear more severely the disc can rupture which is far more serious and complicated, this may require surgery.
The Disc Doctor
Dr. Kent Sifford has 30+ years experience with the most severe disc injuries.
He even has personal experience with leaking discs.
We have specialized equipment to repair and resolve a disc injury.
And no, it does not need surgery most of the time.
We have specific and specialized test to prove what kind of injury it is and x-ray and MRI are not needed unless you do not respond to care.
The most common disc bulge goes from the vertebra and pushes out towards the back. So a person naturally bends forward to relieve pressure.
Stop in to Vitality to learn some home care techniques!
Initial goals are to reduce swelling, pain and to learn how to avoid further fiber tearing.
Many people have no understanding of the cause of fiber tearing, so they keep their problem from healing and many worsen the situation until they are completely disabled.