Herniated Disc – What Is It?
The complaints of leg pain,
back pain, or even weakness of the lower extremities are a very common complaint with most people. The most
common diagnosis is a herniated disc or rupture of the spinal disc. The Discs serves as
cushions in between the vertebrae. When herniated disc occurs, the disc is pushed out from its normal position,
and then protrudes through its outer covering, which will then result in the main herniated disc symptom. It would not have been such a problem if not for the
spinal nerves that stay too close towards the intervertebral disc edge.
The intervertebral edge becomes rigid as the person
ages. For young people it is not so much of an issue- the disc is
elastically soft, so are other body structures such as ligaments and tendons. As the biological age increases in number, the disc will eventually lose its
elasticity and will be more vulnerable to injuries. In fact, there
are already younger people like 30 years old whose MRI or magnetic resonance imaging results showed disc
deterioration. This is a worrying fact, and further reason why effective herniated disc treatment is required.
As the herniated disc sticks out in between
vertebrae, both the spinal cord and nerves may pinch together.
There is only very limited space in between these two. If most of
the herniated disc extrudes, then the nerves and cord will be compressed and trapped. This is a herniated
Herniated disc can happen after a sudden fall or
accident, and may occur with the lumbar spine repeatedly strained. It is often common with people work in
offices with little exercise or mobility People who suffer from a
herniated disc may also suffer from existing conditions such as spinal stenosis. Stenosis is another medical
condition that cause tissue inflammations and bone spurs.
Leg pains, muscle weakness, parasthesias, and loss
control over bowel and or bladder characterize symptoms of a herniated disc. The leg pain is mostly felt around the thigh area, leg or either
foot. Parasthesias, is a medical word that means numbness and
Meanwhile, muscle weakness is a result of some
nerve irritations, which in the case of a herniated disc usually happens around the ankle area. A simple test is doing some reflexes on the ankle and knee to check for nerve
irritations. While signs of loss of control over the bowel and
bladder can be indications of cauda equina, possible results may also be due to a herniated disc. Be aware that this symptom is a medical emergency that needs to be properly
taken cared of by health professionals and not a condition to be treated lightly.
There are many different types of a herniated disc,
some of the most common include: herniated cervical
disc (most commonly in c5-6 disc area), bulging neck disc, and a herniated thoracic disc.
Most physicians come out with the diagnosis of
herniated disc after some thorough physical examinations. He or she
will do some tests such as muscle strength, checking on reflexes and sensations before final diagnosis is
established. An MRI or the magnetic resonance imaging also aids in
detecting herniated disc.
Diagnosis and treatments all vary depending on the
symptoms provided, the patient’s condition and MRI and X-ray results. Once all these essential factors are put
together, only then that doctors plan on a suitable treatment. Herniated
disc surgery is normally reserved as a last resort when all other treatmetnts have failed. Further
to standard treatments of a herniated disc and sciatica pain, (I
reccomend you look at treat sciatica now) sciatica homeopathy has also been proven to assist in treating a
herniated disc. Treatments and rehabilitations of a herniated disc are relatively simple, and in most cases easy
For further information the NHS has some very interesting information on slipped discs.
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