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Are you tired with back pain?
Do you want to get rid of slipped disc pain?
A disc helps in protecting the bones of the spine by absorbing the shocks from daily activities such as lifting, twisting and walking. The discs of the spine are also called intervertebral discs.
Most of the time the affected area is lower back, but any disc in the body can be ruptured, including those in the neck.
What do you mean by slip disc?
Slip disc does not mean that the disc actually got slipped. But it means that it got ruptured, split or bulged. This rupturing of disc can fail the nearby tissues along with the disc cartilage, which allows the inner gel of the disc to escape into the surrounding area. This jelly-like substance may put pressure on the spinal cord or any adjacent nerve which can cause symptoms like pain, weakness and numbness in that area.
The condition is also referred as ruptured disc, herniated disc, prolapsed disk.
Slipped Disc Symptoms
Symptoms of a slipped Disc can be from mild to severe and can vary from person to person.
The severity and type of pain may vary from person to person. One must not delay in consulting a doctor if one experiences back pain that results in tingling and affects their ability to control their muscles.
How is it diagnosed?
Slip disc is first diagnosed through physical examination followed by imaging tests.
Physical examination includes checking the muscle strength, nerve function and if you feel the pain while being touched at the affected area or while moving.
Imaging tests like X-rays, CT scans, MRI and disco grams help doctors identify the areas damaged and how critical are they. And accordingly, treatment is provided.
How is slipped disc treated?
The treatment depends on how severe the problem is. It can be treated through conventional methods like medicine and physiotherapy to surgery.
There are four cases of a slipped disc. Starting from mild to severe, they include disc bulge, disc protrusion, disc extrusion and disc sequestration. In case of bulging disc, a patient is advised to get physiotherapy done. Along with physiotherapy, some muscle relaxants may also be given. But in a sequestration disc, when the inner jelly-like part completely falls out, detaching itself, surgery is recommended, followed by physiotherapy.
And surgery is preferred when the pain starts travelling from back to legs and becomes persistent.
Issues that can increase your chances of getting a slip disc
Sitting smartly, standing smartly and walking smartly are the keys to avoid any kind of back problem.
If you have any queries or issues related to your physical pain like arthritis, frozen shoulder, golfer elbow, neck pain, back pain etc. You can visit Felix hospital and meet the best orthopedic and physiotherapist panel near you.