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Slipped Disc: What It Is And How To Diagnose The Condition

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Slipped Disc: What It Is And How To Diagnose The Condition

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Jun 27, 2017

Discs are shock-absorbing pads between the bones of vertebrae (spine). Spinal discs are also known as an intervertebral disc, they do not usually slip but due to some conditions may tend to split, bulge or rupture. This can cause a nearby tissue or disc cartilage to herniate, which will allow the inner gel like a portion of the disc to leak into the surrounding area. And this escape of the gel portion can place excessive pressure on spinal cord or nerve to cause the symptoms of numbness, weakness and pain around the disc that has been damaged or along the area the nerve passes through. In most cases, people are not impacted by any pain, in case they have a herniated disc and do not have any need of undergoing surgery. Hence, slipped disc is a condition where injured, abnormal or degenerated disc presses against the nerve tissues. The condition is also called as a ruptured or herniated disc. The area that is most affected by a slipped disc is the lower back, but the condition can impact any disc on the body, which includes that of the neck.   Causes of Slipped Disc: There can be several reasons that lead to slipped disc problem and the foremost them that is an aging factor which is associated with disc herniation. Another reason is a reduction in the elasticity of discs and structures that support. Improper lifting, twisting or bending, including excessive strain forces which are associated with physical activities, can also lead to slipped disc problem. The sudden traumatic condition is a rare cause of slipped disc.   Symptoms: A slipped disc can cause excessive pain, numbness, and weakness in the back or neck   1). Slipped Disc in the Neck: Slipped disc in the neck is associated with symptoms such as numbness, weakness, tingling, pain in the neck, arm, shoulder or hand and the symptoms can increase or reduce depending on the neck motion.     2). Slipped disc in the back: Symptoms of back pain include:
  • Sciatica, which causes pain down the leg from buttock to the knee or beyond.
  • Pain due to body movement, coughing or doing leg raises
  • Tingling, numbness or weakness in back, legs and feet
  • Numbness around genitals
  • Lack of control in bladder function or bowel movement.
    When to see a Doctor? You must consult a specialist if you are suffering from back or neck pain that is significant enough to limit body movement or function. Pain that lasts for more than a couple of days or pain accompanied by tingling, numbness or loss of bladder and bowel movement needs to be addressed as soon as possible. The doctor will study your health condition and may advice urgent Slipped disc treatment.

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