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Disc Displacement Specialist

Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics -  - Orthopedics

Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine located in Nashville, TN & Franklin, TN

Disc displacement is a common cause of back and neck pain, often due to a bulging or herniated intervertebral disc. If you're experiencing symptoms of disc displacement, the board-certified surgeons at Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics in Tennessee can help. They specialize in using minimally invasive techniques to treat disc problems, including microdiscectomy, spinal fusion, and artificial disc replacement. Contact the practice’s Franklin office or one of their four locations in Nashville, Tennessee, to get a successful resolution of your disc displacement. Call your nearest office or book an appointment online today.

Disc Displacement Q & A

What is disc displacement?

Disc displacement is a problem that occurs when the shock absorbent pads between each of your vertebrae shift out of position. Typically, this is due to disc herniation.

A herniated disc is one where the center – a soft, jelly-like substance – bulges or protrudes through a weak spot in the disc's outer casing. The displaced disc can irritate or compress nerves in your spinal canal that results in back pain, as well as sensations of tingling or prickling, "pins-and-needles," weakness, and numbness.

If the disc displacement occurs in your neck (cervical spine), these symptoms affect your arms. If the problem disc is in your lower back (lumbar spine), you feel the effects in your legs. 

Sciatica, a common cause of shooting leg pain, is often due to disc displacement that puts pressure on the sciatic nerve.

What causes disc displacement?

Disc displacement can happen due to trauma, for example, in auto accidents or falls from height. However, in most cases, the problem begins with a condition called degenerative disc disease.

The spongy discs in your spine have plenty of fluid in them when you're young, but as you age, the moisture levels drop, and your discs get drier and flatter. To make matters worse, your body's natural repair mechanisms don't work as well when you get older, so there's less healing activity or cell renewal in your discs.

This degeneration of your spinal discs makes the outer coating more likely to develop weak spots. Herniation occurs when the inside of the disc eventually squeezes through the weakened outer shell.

What treatments are available for disc displacement?

You might find that a combination of rest, anti-inflammatory medication, ice packs, and gentle exercise are all you need to relieve the symptoms of disc displacement. 

Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics has highly skilled physical therapists who can guide you on the best ways to move. Epidural steroid injections might also be helpful.

When these measures aren't successful in relieving your disc displacement symptoms, you may need to consider surgery. The expert spine surgeons at Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics are specialists in performing minimally invasive spine surgery to resolve disc displacement.

Procedures they perform include:

  • ACDF (anterior cervical discectomy and fusion)   
  • ALIF (anterior lumbar interbody fusion)
  • XLIF (extreme lateral interbody fusion)
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Artificial disc replacement

If you're affected by disc displacement, find out how to get relief from your back pain and other symptoms by calling Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics or book an appointment online today.