Treatment of Disc Protrusion by Spinal Decompression

The disc protrusion is a condition in the spine that can cause pain and loss of mobility. It occurs when the intervertebral disc, which acts as a cushion between the vertebrae of the spine, moves out of its normal position. Conservative treatments such as drugs for analgesic and anti-inflammatory drugs can help relieve pain, but for more severe cases, the spinal decompression may be an effective option.


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Symptoms of disc protrusion

The symptoms of disc protrusion include pain in the back or neck, or numbness or tingling in the arms or legs, as well as muscle weakness. The causes often include a physical trauma, poor posture, or natural ageing.

Lists 7 symptoms of disc protrusion:

  1. Pain in the neck, lower back, or legs
  2. Numbness or tingling in the arms or legs
  3. Muscle weakness
  4. Limited movement and range of movements of the spine
  5. Struggling to remain upright standing and walking
  6. Loss of reflexes in the affected areas
  7. Foot drop (inability to take off the toes of the ground)


Causes of disc protrusion

One of the most common causes of disc protrusion is physical trauma, such as injury from a car accident or other traumatic event. The sudden force can cause the intervertebral disc to move out of its normal position, leading to pain and other symptoms. Poor posture can also lead to disc protrusion over time, especially in people whose jobs require repetitive motions or sitting for long periods of time.<p>When the spine is held in an unnatural position, it can put pressure on the intervertebral discs, resulting in disc protrusion.


Finally, the natural aging also plays a role in the disc protrusion. As we age, our bones and our muscles become weaker and more sensitive to changes in posture or force. This can create micro-tears and damage to the intervertebral discs, resulting in a disc protrusion.


Among the other potential causes of disc protrusion include obesity, smoking and certain diseases such as osteoarthritis or degenerative disc disease (DDD). A body weight excessive exerts additional pressure on the spine and increases the risk of herniated disc. Similarly, smoking has been associated with a higher risk of developing DDD, and other spinal problems, including a disc protrusion.


Finally, people suffering from certain medical conditions may be more likely to develop protrusions disc due to the weakening of the bones and ligaments caused by their condition.


Whatever the underlying cause, it is important that the people who show symptoms of disc protrusion shall immediately enter into consultations with a health professional to get a diagnosis and an appropriate treatment.



List of 7 possible causes of disc protrusion:

  1. Trauma or injury to the spine
  2. Bad posture
  3. Repetitive movements
  4. Aging
  5. Obesity
  6. Smoking
  7. Undue strain on the muscles of the spine


What is the difference between a disc protrusion and a herniated disc?


It is necessary to understand how is the disk intervertébrale to better understand the difference between a disc protrusion (bulging of the disc), and a herniated disc. The intervertebral discs are the structures gypsy moths that make up the spinal column and allow our bodies to move in many directions. They are located between each vertebra and provide the damping, stability and flexibility. In this blog article, we will examine the function of these discs, their anatomy and function, the composition of the annulus fibrosus and the role of the nucleus pulposus.


The intervertebral disc is composed of two parts : the fibrotic ring (the annulus fibrosus) and the nucleus pulposus (nucleus pulposus). The fibrotic ring is an outer layer resistant composed of collagen fibers arranged in concentric rings around a central core. It ensures the widest part of the resistance of the disk. The nucleus pulposus is a jelly-like substance located in the interior of the fibrotic ring . It is mainly composed of water and a few proteins and proteoglycans. Its main function is to evenly distribute the pressure on the disk so that it can absorb the shock when we move or lift something heavy.



A disc protrusion does not always about the periphery of a disc, but at least a quarter, or even half, of its circumference is usually affected. Only the outer layer of the disc (the annulus of the disc, or annulus fibrosus) is involved. Some fibres are damaged and the disk is overflowing then the contour of the vertebra.

A herniated disc occurs when a fissure (tear) in the outer layer of the disc (the annulus fibrous) allows part of the contents jelly-like disc out of the disc by the crack.

Compared to a disc protrusion, a herniated disc is more likely to cause pain because it is generally farther and is more likely to irritate nerve roots or the spinal cord. The irritation can be due to compression of the nerve, or, much more frequently, to a painful inflammation of the nerve root caused by the hernia.


Therefore, the disc protrusion and disc herniation are two conditions that affect the intervertebral discs of the spine. Although they are often confused, it is important to distinguish an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Here's a detailed description of each, as well as their main differences.


Disc Protrusion


The disc protrusion occurs when the nucleus pulposus of the intervertebral disc begins to spread through a weakness of the fibrotic ring, but without the break. The disk remains intact, but it protrudes slightly from its normal position.


  1. Protrusion circumferential: The disk is spread out evenly around its circumference.
  2. Protrusion focal length: The disc extends in a specific direction, usually posterior or lateral.
  3. Protrusion central: The disc extends into the spinal canal, which can compress the spinal cord.

Herniated Disc


In contrast to the protrusion, a herniated disc occurs when the ring of fibrous breaks, allowing the nucleus pulposus to escape. This can lead to a compression of the nerves adjacent and more severe symptoms.


  1. Herniated disc contained: The nucleus pulposus is released but remains confined within the ring of fibrous broken.
  2. Herniated discs not contained: The nucleus pulposus escapes completely from the fibrotic ring.
  3. Herniated disc, foraminal: The nucleus pulposus escapes through the foramen, the opening through which the spinal nerves emerge from the vertebral column.


  1. Integrity of the Disk: In the protrusion, the fibrotic ring remains intact, while it is broken in a hernia.
  2. Symptoms: The symptoms of a hernia are generally more serious because of the nerve compression is more pronounced.
  3. Treatment: The treatment options for a hernia can be more invasive, including decompression neurovertébrale, while a protrusion can often be treated with methods that are conservative.


Diagnosis of disc protrusion

The diagnosis of disc protrusion is usually performed by medical imaging such as an x-ray or an MRI.

When you feel the symptoms of a disc protrusion, it can be hard to know what is the underlying cause and how to treat it, the better.

Without a proper diagnosis, you may not receive the proper treatment for your condition and you end up with additional complications or even permanent damage.

a good news is that there are several diagnostic tools to help diagnose a disc protrusion. Medical imaging, such as X-rays or MRI, can provide detailed images of the spine, which helps to identify any abnormality of the intervertebral disc, which may indicate a disc protrusion.

In addition, a physical examination performed by a health care professional will also help to detect the signs of a herniated disc, such as muscle weakness or loss of reflexes in the affected areas. Thanks to this information, your health care professional will be able to make an accurate diagnosis and recommend treatment options that are appropriate.


Treatment of disc protrusion

If the conservative treatment does not work, the spinal decompression can be considered. This technique consists of applying a force to sweet on the spinal column to stretch the muscles and ligaments surrounding to increase the space between the vertebrae and allow the inter-vertebral disc to return to its normal position.



The spinal decompression is an effective option to treat the disc protrusion in some patients. However, it is important to consult with a qualified health care professional before undertaking any treatment for this condition. In addition, it is recommended to adopt healthy habits such as regular exercise and good posture to prevent future problems of the spine.


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Preparations for the treatment of decompression neurovertébrale to the disc protrusion

  • Book your appointment online or contact our staff at the TAGMED clinic to book your appointment by phone.
  • Before going to the TAGMED clinic in Montreal or Terrebonne for your first treatment, there are some things you should absolutely do. First, make sure you have your medical imaging reports (X-ray, MRI, or ultrasound) available.
  • Also, make sure you are aware of the various possible risks and side effects associated with treatment at Tagmed Clinic. You should also take all necessary measures (ex. Apply ice to the inflamed area to ensure that your body is ready for further treatment.
  • Also, make sure you are aware of the various possible risks and side effects associated with treatment at Tagmed Clinic. You should also take all necessary measures (ex. Apply ice to the inflamed area to ensure that your body is ready for further treatment.
  • Finally, if you were unable to complete our form, as mentioned above, arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time to ensure you have enough time to discuss your condition, make the assessment and your treatment.

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