Extruded disks most often occur in the lower back. The contents extruded from the disc may come in contact with a spinal nerve, a nerve root, or the spinal cord itself causing painful symptoms. This pain may present as a dull ache on one side of the body, weakness in the lower back, shooting pain, or sometimes loss of bladder or bowel control.
A herniated disc becomes extruded when the spinal disc material has been squeezed through the annulus and begins to seep into the surrounding space. When the nucleus pulposus is displaced and presses on nerves or the spinal cord, it may cause pain that ranges from mild to severe.
If you suffer from disc extrusion, you may not experience any pain at all. However, if you do experience pain, extruded discs can often be treated with a multitude of different therapies. More severe cases may require injections or surgery such as a discectomy to remove the herniated tissue. Schedule an appointment with one of our physicians today to get the right treatment option!