Slipped Disc

 

A Slipped Disc develops when the smooth disc covering is moved within the spine tears (Herniates), it affects pressure on the root of the nerves. Essentially, this is commonly known as a 'Herniated', 'Ruptured' or 'Prolapsed' Disc.
Causes

Common causes include:

- Degenration of Disc elasticity

- Excessive strain from physical activities

- Injury from incorrect lifting (lifting with your back instead of your knees)

Symptoms

Symptoms can be detected in the neck, back, and limbs, and include:

- Difficulty controlling bowel movements and urination

- Numbness in the genitals and anus

- Pain associated with lower limb movement

- Pain in the bacl, buttock or leg (sciatica)

- Tingling or numbness in the back, buttock or leg


Treatment

Treatment of a slipped disc might include:

- Alternative hot and cold packs to minimize sciatica

- Non-steroidical anti-inflammatory drugs and muscle relaxants to treat severe pain

- Physiotheraphy for patients with sciatica

- Rehabilitation programmes to reduce the risk of injuries recurring

- Stretching and exercise to minimize sciatica

- Surgery will not considered early in the treatment when there is the risk of damaging nerves while the procedure is being carried out. Discectomy to take out a portion of the herniated disc will relieve pressure that is put on the nerve.

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