When an intervertebral disc loses height due to degeneration of its outer wall from aging or wear and tear, it is referred to as a collapsed disc. If the deterioration causes the disc to apply pressure to a nerve, or if the collapse causes vertebrae to grind against each other, pain and tingling can result. A collapsed disc most frequently occurs in the neck or lower back. Sometimes the condition will not result in any symptoms.
Generally, conservative treatment such as heat/cold, stretching, targeted exercise, chiropractic intervention and pain blocking injections will resolve symptoms from a collapsed disc. If the degenerative process is fairly advanced and conservative approaches have not achieved the desired results, Lumin PainCARE specialists may recommend minimally invasive surgery. Our experts have helped thousands of North Texans obtain relief from their pain and regain their quality of life.