Lumbar Discopathy: causes and symptoms

Centro de la columna Vertebral: February 04, 2019

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Lumbar Discopathy: causes and symptoms

Lumbar discopathy usually causes pain in the lower back, which is associated with the sciatic nerve. It occurs due to loss of height of the intervertebral discs and, although it is associated with advanced age, it can occur in other types of scenarios. Learn more about this topic and make sure you see a health care professional if you suffer from chronic back pain.

Lumbar Discopathy

The vertebrae are separated by spaces containing intervertebral discs, which are formed by a fibrous ring of concentric layers of collagen fibers, a layer of hyaline cartilage and a pulpy nucleus formed by visco-elastic substances that help to cushion the load. This material can be dehydrated, both by a natural aging process and by genetic factors or injuries. This causes them to lose density and flexibility, generating pressure on the nerves that cross the spine, which causes pain.

This condition occurs most often in people over 50, when the aging process starts to become acute. However, it can also occur in people under this age, after accidents or if there is a family history of this condition.


  • • Chronic pain (persists for several weeks).
  • • The most common pain is in the lower back.
  • • Pain radiating to legs and buttocks.
  • • Loss of sensation in extremities.
  • • Muscular weakness.
  • • Loss of locomotive capacity.
  • • Diagnosis and treatment.

A lumbar discopathy diagnosis includes a physical examination, a clinical history analysis and an MRI for the doctor to observe the condition of the intervertebral discs and the spine in general.

On the other hand, since it is a chronic condition, continuous care and treatment are necessary for pain management. This may include: pain medication, physical therapy, nutritional management and in some cases psychological support.

Care at the Centro de la Columna Vertebral

At theCentro de la Columna Vertebral we are specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as lumbar discopathy. Our treatment is non-surgical and without side effects. Visit any of our centers to receive attention; we have clinics in six cities across the country.

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"The information contained in this blog is of an informative nature; it seeks to promote good health habits in the population and by no means replaces medical consultation. Content reviewed and corrected by Dr. Armando Acevedo Mendez, orthopedics and traumatology specialist. Professional license: 602691".

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