Herniated Nucleus Pulposus is the medical term for herniated disc. The nucleus pulposus is the thick gel-like substance found in the walls of intervertebral discs. The aging process can weaken the disc wall, allowing the nucleus pulposus to protrude through a small tear into the spinal canal. If this results in pressure on nerve roots or the spinal cord, chronic pain that may radiate to other parts of the body as well as tingling, weakness and numbness may occur.
Ruptured Disc is caused by natural deterioration associated with aging as well as disease and injury. Any of these can compromise the strength of the disc wall. Small tears may develop. The gel-like substance in the disc wall may leak through the tear into the spinal canal. The leakage may apply pressure to nerve roots or the spinal cord resulting in debilitating pain, numbness, weakness, tingling, muscle weakness or loss of mobility.
Most patients find that conservative approaches including pain and anti-inflammatory medications, targeted exercise, physical therapy and rest are effective treatments for ruptured disc. If these approaches don’t provide the desired pain relief results, Lumin PainCARE specialists may recommend minimally invasive surgery.