A sequestered lumbar disc is when a portion of the disc is displaced beyond the outer annulus and maintains no tissue connection with the disc of origin. Simply put the herniated disc material has completely separated from the disc and is "free" and floating in the spinal canal. If the fragment lodges against a nerve, surgery may be necessary. Often times the body may reabsorb the fragment over the course of many months.

Conservative treatment options include spinal decompression for the disc that has been injured not targeting the fragment. Simply put if the disc was injured enough to cause a sequestered disc, the disc is also likely to generating some level of pain. Chiropractic adjustment to restore motion in the injured disc may be beneficial as well.

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