Extruded Disc

What Is An Extruded Disc & How To Treat It?

An extruded disc is commonly called a ruptured or herniated disc. Extruded discs are, in essence, more significant disc herniation. A spinal disc extrusion is a condition in which an Intervertebral disc has weakened (degenerated), torn, and slipped, resulting in constant pressure on nerves or the spinal cord. Compressed nerves or spinal cord cause irritation, inflammation, and degeneration of nerves resulting in varying symptoms, including debilitating pain, weakness in arms or legs, and paralysis in advanced stages of nerve damage.

An extruded slip disc in the neck or back needs urgent attention and precision treatment to avoid paralysis, organ damage, or organ failures due to spinal cord or nerve degeneration. Spinal disc bulges, herniations, and extrusions are treatable without surgery. Surgery is not a cure and often fails. To recover, you will need focused and customized methods of physiotherapy, chiropractic, and rehabilitation combined with physiotherapeutic modalities specific for an extruded slip-disc.

At CSC, we provide advanced therapy options for extruded discs with the latest top 3 methods; chiropractic, physiotherapy, and NSD Therapy®. By combining these three (3) conservative care methods, you can expect to recover faster with lasting relief. Contact one of our centers today to get more information on how our integrative care systems, through advanced technology, heal a slipped disc.

What Caused The Spinal Disc To Extrude?

Illustration of an extruded disc (top view)

Spinal discs are made of rigid fibrous material that allows for flexibility in the spine. They also contain a gel-like substance called "nucleus pulposus," which helps cushion the bones and keep them aligned. The nucleus pulposus is surrounded by an outer layer called the annulus fibrosus. Over time, this outer layer becomes thinner and less elastic, causing the disc to wear out and tear when stressed during sitting, lifting, or physical exertions.

The first stage of spinal disc damage is the degenerative or desiccated stage. The degenerative stage is followed by bulges, which eventually result in herniations. Bulges are outward protrusions of the annular fibrosus. Herniations are outward protrusions of the annular fibrosus and the nucleus pulposus (the center of the disc. Larger disc herniations in which the jelly-like center is pushed outwards are classified as extrusions.

What Symptoms Will An Extruded Spinal Disc Cause?

Several symptoms are associated with spinal disc extrusion, including pain in the back, neck, arms, legs (sciatica and sciatica-like pains), pelvis, or abdomen. In addition, extruded disc patients may also notice:

  1. Numbness or tingling in the extremities
  2. Weakness or loss of muscle control
  3. Difficulty walking or standing

Incontinence or loss of bowel and bladder control often occurs with larger extrusions. Patients with long-standing or chronic disc extrusions may also experience bowels and bladder function disorder. In addition, neglect or improper treatment of an extruded disc may also result in issues with reproductive organs, including erectile disorders in males and painful intercourse in females.

What Type Of Treatment Is Best For Extruded Discs?

Treatment for bulging, herniated, fragmented, and the extruded disc is best with a conservative measure that targets or focuses on damaged spinal discs, ligaments, joints, and spinal muscles.

An integrative treatment program that combines physiotherapy with chiropractic with slip-disc rehabilitative programs and treatments through therapeutic modalities such as high-intensity laser therapy, shockwave therapy, spinal decompression therapy, and flexion-distraction therapy is most suitable for bulging, herniated, and extruded discs of the neck or lower back. For the best and quickest results, we recommend NSD Therapy® because it is a customizable method that enables precision targeting of damaged spinal discs and tissues with lasting relief.

NSD Therapy® is the most effective non-surgical treatment option for patients with slip-discs. Disc extrusion and herniations are late-stage slip disc conditions that often present with complicating factors or co-conditions. Co-condition is other or additional disorders, damage, or disease that occurs parallel to spinal disc damage. The most common co-conditions that present with slip discs are:

  • Spinal arthritis
  • Hypertrophy of ligamentum flavum
  • Facet hypertrophy
  • Spinal disc degeneration
  • Spondylolisthesis & spondylosis
  • Scoliosis

Avoid "Tit-Tar" & "Bonesetting" For Bulges, Herniations & Extrusions In The Neck Or Lower Back?

Tit-Tar is a traditional method of bonesetting from Canton by Kung fu Master Wah Toh to help injured martial artists. Through Kung fu experts, martial artists, bonesetters, or "Tit-Tar" practitioners, body and spine alignments are crude, aggressive, and harmful to spinal disc and joint damage patients. You should avoid all forms of "Tit-Tar" if you have spinal disc degeneration, damaged joints, or slip-discs.

Moreover, slip-disc patients with bulges, herniations, ruptures, and extrusions should also avoid any method of twisting, bending, or cracking ('popping) of the spine, including Yoga, to prevent worsening. Patients considering chiropractic should also look for chiropractors who approach slipped discs (bulging, herniated, extruded & fragmented discs) through the Activator technique. The Activator technique in chiropractic is the best and most researched method of joint mobilization as it is the gentlest, most precise, non-rotatory, and most precise system of joint and spine mobilization.

Can Spine Surgery Cure & Fix A Slip Disc Caused By Herniations & Extrusions?

illustration of normal disc and extruded disc with nerve impingement

Spine surgery is not a fix or cure. Surgical spine interventions involve trimming, cutting,  or fussing bones, discs, ligaments, and muscles. Spine surgery aims not to cure you or repair the damage. The goals are to lessen your pain by cutting tissues. Therefore surgery has limitations and often fails. We encourage all to seek conservative, practical measures such as NSD Therapy®.  Surgery should be the last option.

What Is The Recovery Time From Herniated & Extruded Disc?

Herniated and extruded discs are interchangeable terms defining potentially dangerous slip discs. Recovering from disc herniations and extrusions is possible with customized, focused treatments.

Patients who receive non-invasive treatments for extruded slip discs through NSD Therapy® can expect recovery after a few sessions. NSD Therapy® offers you the chance to be treated through the latest methods and specialized therapeutic devices. Fully recovery is possible within 6-8 weeks. A severely extruded disc presenting with degenerative arthritis, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis, or spondylosis may need a lengthier recovery.

Please contact one of our slipped-disc treatment centers today for more information on slipped discs caused by herniated and extruded discs; we provide the best & latest non-surgical extruded disc treatment in Malaysia.