A herniated disc (or a slipped disc) is a condition where the soft jelly-like disc in between the vertebrae protrudes outside touching or pressuring the spinal nerve. This is a common phenomenon faced by a lot of people, especially during their old age. While some people face severe pain, some do not feel anything till the condition gets worse.
This article will further explain the symptoms and causes of a herniated disc, its treatment options, and lifestyle changes for a healthier spine
Symptoms of a Herniated Disc
- Tingling, pain, and numbness in the affected area
- Numbness in one side of the body
- Weakness and difficulty while standing or sitting
- Unexplained pain in the muscles
- Pain that gets worse at night or while doing some movements
What Causes a Herniated Disc?
Our spine consists of bones that are layered on top of each other and are collectively called the vertebrae. Between each of these bones is a thin layer of rubbery discs that absorb shock and prevent bones from giving pressure to each other.
As we age, these discs deteriorate causing the inner layer of the rubbery disc to protrude outward and give pressure to the spinal nerves. This condition is called Herniated disc. While a lot of people use bulging disc and herniated disc interchangeably, the former leads to the latter.
When people do one specific movement repeatedly for a long time, this causes the disc to wear out. As people age, the water content of the spine also dries out causing less production of fluid which causes the disc to slip out.
Overweight people are also more prone to herniated disc because the disc needs to support additional weight, which can lead to its wear and tear and eventually slipping.
Other reasons include inactivity, wrong posture, injuries, and trauma. In case of severe pain, you need to visit the doctor as soon as possible before the situation worsens. Luckily, this can be healed and you can get a pain-free life back.
A range of options is available to treat a herniated disc. You can always go for medication, surgery, or physical therapy, depending on your pain level and preference. A doctor might prescribe you narcotics and muscle relaxers if the pain is unbearable. If the pain persists for more than 6 weeks then you can also choose to get surgery done. A more natural method such as physical therapy is also an effective option if you want to go all-natural and not take any sort of pills or injections.
At Illinois Back Institute, we offer you a completely natural, proven treatment that has been performed effectively on more than 500,000 patients. We have a unique team of doctors, nurses, chiropractors, physical therapists, and technicians, well equipped with a laboratory required to diagnose and treat your herniated disc pain effectively. Not everyone has the same reason behind back pain, that is why we provide a FREE Consultation to help you get to the root of the problem.