Users' questions

What happens when a disc ruptures in the lower back?

What happens when a disc ruptures in the lower back?

The gelatinous material inside the disc begins to dry out and grow stiffer, and the layers of the fibrous wall of the disc start to separate and fray. If a damaged disc presses on nearby spinal nerves, they become inflamed. Disc ruptures in the low back typically affect the sciatic nerve roots that exit the spine on either side of the discs.

How old do you have to be to have a slipped disc?

A prolapsed disc is rare in anyone under 20 years of age. For information and advice on back pain in young people, see the separate leaflet called Back Pain in Children. What causes a slipped disc? It is not clear why some people develop a ‘slipped’ (prolapsed) disc and not others, even when they do the same job or lift the same sort of objects.

How long does it take for a ruptured disc to heal?

Disc surgery is not guaranteed to work, and the pain might get worse. The disc may rupture again later, or a different disc may fail. Most disc pain substantially improves within a month. Expect gradual improvement after the early, acute stage right after the flare-up. Going forward, exercise can help to prevent future flare-ups of disc pain.

What kind of surgery is needed for a ruptured disc?

Surgical techniques vary, but diskectomy removes part of the ruptured disc so it doesn’t press on the spinal nerve roots anymore. In many cases, it can be done as an outpatient procedure. Disc surgery is not guaranteed to work, and the pain might get worse. The disc may rupture again later, or a different disc may fail.

What happens to the spinal column when a disc is ruptured?

Vertebrae are the large bones of the spinal column. If the spinal column tears open and the discs protrude outward, they can press on, or “pinch,” nearby spinal nerves. This is known as a ruptured, herniated, or slipped disc.

Disc surgery is not guaranteed to work, and the pain might get worse. The disc may rupture again later, or a different disc may fail. Most disc pain substantially improves within a month. Expect gradual improvement after the early, acute stage right after the flare-up. Going forward, exercise can help to prevent future flare-ups of disc pain.

Surgical techniques vary, but diskectomy removes part of the ruptured disc so it doesn’t press on the spinal nerve roots anymore. In many cases, it can be done as an outpatient procedure. Disc surgery is not guaranteed to work, and the pain might get worse. The disc may rupture again later, or a different disc may fail.

What’s the average verdict for a herniated disc case?

The average verdict nationally in herniated disc injury cases is approximately $360,000. There it is. The average. But it does virtually nothing for you, particularly in herniated disc cases. Why? Saying you have a herniated disc from an accident can mean a lot of different things. It might tweak you a little bit when you lift something heavy.