Your contact partners
in this area:
Prof. <br /> Dr. med. habil.<br /> Georg Matziolis
Dr. med. habil.
Georg Matziolis

Senior Consultant of the Clinic for Orthopaedics and Accident Surgery

Acting holder of the Chair for Orthopaedics of the FSU Jena at the Waldkrankenhaus Eisenberg

036691 8-1002

Specialist Registrar Dr. med. Patrick Strube
Specialist Registrar Dr. med. Patrick Strube

Head of department spinal column

Specialist for othopaedics and accident surgery

Specialist Registrar's Office
Gabi Geier

036691 8-1439

Lumbar slipped disc

Lumbar spine

With a slipped disc (disc prolapse), jelly-like parts of the spinal disc protrude into the spinal canal. With a disc protrusion, parts of the cartilage ring around the disc protrude a little way into the spinal canal. The protruding disc tissue can press on the contents of the spinal canal (spinal cord and nerve roots).

Symptoms of disc protrusion include severe pain, frequently radiating to one or both legs (lumbar vertebrae), often with a feeling of numbness in the area supplied by the trapped nerve root. Occasionally, symptoms of paralysis can also occur in the limbs. In extreme cases, paraplegia can occur. Alarm signals include urinary and faecal incontinence as well as saddle anaesthesia.

Conservative treatment is possible in many cases with the exception of the signs of paraplegia mentioned above.

Surgical treatment is carried out when:

  • Conservative treatment has failed
  • There is increasing muscle weakness
  • The pain cannot be controlled with medications
  • In an emergency: Urinary and faecal incontinence as well as saddle anaesthesia

Established surgical methods include:

Deutsches Zentrum für Orthopädie: Wirbelsäulenerkrankungen

In unserer Wirbelsäulensprechstunde beraten und betreuen wir Menschen mit Muskelverspannungen durch Fehlbelastung, Skeletterkrankungen (z.B. Osteoporose) und Abnutzungserscheinungen der Wirbelsäule oder Bandscheiben.
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