A collapsed disc is 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 from disc degeneration. The weight-bearing vertebrae essentially collapse from wear and tear. Acute injuries to the spine can cause pain symptoms, or weaker, thinning 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 have a physical assessment, and possibly undergo diagnostic imaging to be diagnosed and treated.
These treatments can include conservative injections such as:
In rare cases, we may perform minimally invasive surgical intervention. However, we are able to alleviate the pain for most patients without surgery.