Leaky Disc Syndrome is a term that was coined by Dr. Pauza to explain to patients that their lower back, leg pain, or neck and arm symptoms are likely caused by annular tears, which allow the inner portion of the disc to leak onto spinal nerves, causing inflammation and pain. Many patients are told their symptoms are caused by a compressed nerve. While this is true in some cases, Dr. Pauza believes most pain and numbness experienced in the extremities is caused by annular tears that have progressed into herniated and bulged discs.

Dr. Pauza’s landmark research proved that leaky discs also cause more than just nerve root damage. His team learned that chemicals from torn, leaky discs may also cause fatigue, depression, and limited function. 

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