Disc Degeneration

Dr. Prvulovic believes in making the right diagnosis before making the right treatment plan.

There are many different conditions that may be causing your pain. Your condition may be disc-related like a bulging disc, a herniated disc, a disc tear or degenerative disc disease. Other terms that are commonly used for these conditions include a “slipped disc” or a ruptured disc. Any of these can cause significant discomfort due to the anatomy of your spine and the role of your vertebral discs and their surrounding nerves.

Your vertebral disc is comprised of the nucleus (center of disc) and the annulus (outside of disc). There are several nerves that are next to your discs. A disc that is bulging or herniated may put pressure on the nerves near the disc which may result in significant pain. A disc tear, also called an annular tear, can also lead to discomfort. A tear in the outside of the disc (annular tear) can be caused by trauma or by disc degeneration and can lead to disc material moving through the tear and into areas that can lead to significant pain. Degenerative disc disease (DDD) is a gradual process where your disc loses its natural ability to be the “shock absorber” for your vertebra. While normally occurring in older people, it can be seen in younger people as well. Disc degeneration can also lead to spinal stenosis, a herniated disc or a bulging disc.

Dr. Prvulovic will help in making the correct diagnosis so the right treatment plan can be developed for you. Please visit our Patient Education page to learn more about common conditions that may be causing your pain along with some of the treatment options that we can offer. You can also contact us to speak to one of our patient coordinators.