Slipped Disc

Causes, Symptoms And Treatment Of Slipped Disc

A young man slouches in pain while clutching his lower backSlipped disc is also known as spinal disc herniation, a condition of the spine where the soft inner portion of the spine protrudes through a tear in the tough and fibrous outer portion. The result of suffering from a slipped disc is severe back pain, as the incredibly sensitive and tender inner portion of the spine is rubbed or squeezed with every movement. Besides back pain, some of the other symptoms of a slipped disc are tingling, numbness and weakness either in a localized area of the body or more generally.

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Effective Diagnosis And Treatment

The symptoms of a herniated disc can be many and varied, as they differ depending on the position of the affected disc along the spine. While the most common symptom is back pain, there are a number of other symptoms that also point towards the presence of a slipped disc. Doctors generally use a combination of physical tests to rule out alternate diagnoses, before sending a patient for a medical scan in order to confirm the presence of a herniated disc.

Treatment usually starts with addressing the pain and inflammation, so painkillers are prescribed along with anti-inflammatory drugs in an attempt to reduce the degree to which the sensitive inner portion of the herniated disc protrudes from the spine. If there is no improvement, then surgery must be considered in order to repair or remove the affected disc.

Causes And Prevention

Slipped discs can be caused by general wear and tear that every person’s body undergoes as they perform everyday activities such as sitting and squatting. There is evidence of a higher propensity for slipped discs among those whose jobs require constant lifting. The most common position in which injury occurs and leads to a slipped disc is when bent at the waist.

If your job requires constant lifting, or even in the context of everyday tasks, you should never lift objects by bending at the waist. Instead, keep your back straight while bending your legs, using the strength of your legs to lift the object. This will help to prevent injury to your back and lower the likelihood that you will suffer from a slipped disc.