Disc protrusion occurs when the soft spinal disc or ‘cushion’, which sits between each vertebrae in the spine, bulges or moves beyond its normal range.
When this occurs, the disc can press on surrounding spinal nerves causing inflammation, tingling, spasms, pain and sciatica, which is lower back and leg pain.
If untreated this condition may progress to become a disc herniation or extrusion. Disc protrusions can occur along the spine or neck, but are most common in the lower back lumber region. Depending on the degree of disc movement and damage, disc protrusions can be successfully treated through keyhole surgery or traditional surgery.
The most common procedures for this condition are laminectomy, discectomy and microdiscectomy.
Experienced in the latest keyhole surgery techniques, Dr. Byrne uses this minimally invasive procedure to effectively treat both brain and spinal conditions. This surgical technique only requires a small incision (usually less than 10mm), which allows the surgeon to gain direct access to the area they are operating on. Conducted under general anaesthetic, the surgeon […]
A range of spinal conditions can require surgical intervention including spinal injury or trauma, scoliosis, degenerative conditions, arthritis, spinal stenosi, tumours and disc damage. Using the most appropriate individual treatment plan, surgery can be effectively used to reduce pain, tingling, numbness and weakness; improve movement and function; remove disc and nerve pressure; restore spinal stability […]
Just as back pain has many causes, there are also many medical solutions available when other interventions have not delivered relief. Back pain can be caused by degenerative conditions, spinal stenosis, facet joint syndrome, scoliosis, sciatica, disc issues, spondylolisthesis, osteoporosis, accidents and trauma. In some cases injections can manage pain and discomfort, while other […]
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