What is a thinning disc?

In the same way that muscles get smaller and bones get weaker as we age, the soft cushion-like discs that separate the bones of the spine begin to deteriorate. They begin to lose water content within the gel-like center, and the disc’s tough outer wall can become brittle and weak.

This combination reduces the disc’s ability to serve as the shock absorber between vertebrae. The resulting pressure from the vertebrae above and below can lead to a bulging or herniated disc.

What You May Be Feeling

Thinning disc can cause tingling


Thinning disc can cause isolated pain to one side

Isolated Pain to One Side

Thinning disc can cause shooting pains

Shooting Pains

Thinning disc can cause pain in extremities

Pain in Extremities

Thinning disc can cause leg numbness

Leg Numbness

Thinning disc can cause leg weakness

Leg Weakness

Potential Treatment Options

When the disc compresses the spinal cord or nerve root, removal is a consideration. The disc is replaced with an artificial disc to preserve motion at the disc space. Learn More.


During an ACDF the damaged disc in the neck is removed, relieving pain and pressure, while at the same time providing new much needed stability with a reinforced implant. Learn More.


During a lumbar fusion the damaged disc is removed from the lower back (lumbar spine), and the two vertebrae are fused together with a reinforced implant to create more support. Learn More.

Also known as an RFA, this procedure uses high-energy radio frequency to ablate the troubled nerve, essentially eliminating the source of pain. Learn More.


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