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  • Writer's pictureDr Josh Bonine DC

Directional Disc Displacements

Directional Disc Displacements: When a disk disrupts through external forces causing internal derangement, like when you step on a balloon and it pops from the internal pressure secondary to outside forces, it first tears the annular (outer) fibers. As a result, the derangement of the disk is focal or directional, and this is indicative of trauma. When a disc degenerates, it does so circumferentially, or over a region of the disc, and is called a bulge, with the understanding that in some instances, a bulge can also be traumatically induced. When you see a medical report and there is a disc pathology associated with a directional displacement (i.e. lateral or anterior), then it is a herniation according to medical literature and is secondary to trauma.


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