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What Causes a Disc Tear?

A disc tear happens when the inner nerve endings emerge outside of the protective disc walls causing a herniation. This condition is most likely felt in the neck and lower back due to a sports injury, some type of trauma, or due to the natural aging process.

Most people experience a disc tear from disc generation caused by getting older in age. As you get older, the discs weaken, which leaves it at a higher risk of tearing. As the disc weakens, it loses flexibility and is easily impacted.

What Are the Symptoms of a Disc Tear?

The most common symptoms for a disc tear range from mild to severe pain. The intensity of the pain depends on the location of the tear and its size. Symptoms of a disc tear include:

  • Pain where the damaged disc is located
  • Numbness and tingling in the area of the damaged disc
  • Lack of reflexes in the affected extremities
  • Pain and muscle spasms in the neck, low or mid back
  • Radiating pain in the arms or legs
  • Loss of coordination

Are you experiencing the symptoms of a Disc Tear? Find out if you have this condition below.


What Should I Do About Disc Tear Pain?

Depending on the location and size of your Disc Tear, conservative treatment could be the right plan for you. Common non-invasive Disc Tear treatment includes:

  • Rest
  • Heat or ice therapy
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories
  • Physical therapy
  • Epidural Steroid Injections

How Is a Disc Tear Treated?

Minimally invasive surgery to treat a disc tear is typically not needed as conservative treatments tend to be effective. However, if exhausting conservsative treatment does not improve your pain, then a minimally invasive disc tear surgery may become an option. Common minimally invasive surgeries used to treat disc tears include:

The experts at Oasis Orthopedic & Spine can help you understand your options and recommend a treatment plan based on the severity of your condition, its location, and any other symptoms you may be experiencing.

Whether your Disc Tear treatment is non-surgical or minimally invasive, seeking help is the first step. Find the right treatment for you with our treatment finder below.

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