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All Questions Answered About Slipped Disc

Slipped Disc Questions

1Is herniated disc permanent?

Not always. If the symptoms are getting better, doctors may suggest to wait and watch to see if the symptoms go away. For many people, who initially had problems due to a herniated disc, find that it completely gets resolved after few weeks or months. But if the symptoms are getting steadily worse, then doctors might suggest going for a surgery.

2What are slipped disc symptoms?

Symptoms for slipped discs vary based on which part of the body it occurs. Normally, the lower back is the more common areas for slipped discs.

Some of the common symptoms are:

  1. Pain in the arm, back, foot or leg
  2. Pain that aggravates after standing or sitting for a while
  3. Pain while walking even for short distances
  4. Pain or lack of sensation on one side of the body
  5. Lack of sensation on foot, hand or stiff neck
  6. Weakness in muscle, spasms (a sudden involuntary muscular contraction) of muscle

3How long will it take to cure slipped disc?

It depends on the severity of the symptoms. In many cases, a slipped disc will slowly improve with rest, exercise and medication after seeking proper medical advice. People can recover from slipped disc between 1 to 3 months’ timeframe.

4How to relieve slipped disc pain?

Not every disc related pain needs medical intervention. If needed, there are different treatments available including medication, physiotherapy or surgery. In case the pain is severe, the first step is to get diagnosed and take proper medical advice before deciding the nature of treatment.

The typical medical procedure includes Therapeutic ultrasound and Epidural steroid injection. Yoga exercises can be done which will bring remarkable solace from pain to the people. Slipped disc pain can be treated at home as well in the initial stage through exercises or Aerobic activities.

5What is lumbar disc herniation?

Lumbar ruptured disc or herniated disc is the common cause of lower back and leg pain. A disc in the spine that has torn open due to regular or unexpected pressure from the vertebrae surrounding it is called a herniated disc.

Symptoms of herniated discs vary for different people. But coughing or sneezing or stretching the body may intensify the pain.

6How to diagnose slipped disc?

Symptoms for slipped discs vary based on which part of the body it occurs. Normally, the lower back is the more common areas for slipped discs. If the pain is critical, then it is necessary to seek proper medical advice.

The doctors normally perform a physical exam to find out the source of pain and discomfort, checking the nerve function and muscle strength, and whether there is any pain while moving or touching the affected area.

Doctors would also be interested to know the medical history and symptoms. Other than this, X-rays, CT scans, MRI scans help the doctor view the bones and muscles of the spine and identify any damaged areas.

Finally, the exact reason for the pain, weakness, or discomfort can be properly diagnosed only after a doctor’s inspection. Proper medication or surgery will be recommended based on that.

7How to treat slipped disc in lower back?

There are different treatments available including medication, physiotherapy or surgery. Therapeutic ultrasound and Epidural steroid injection are the typical medical procedures. Therapeutic ultrasound uses heat and vibrations from sound waves to treat sprains and strains. Epidural steroid injection into the spine helps to get relieved from back, neck, arm or leg pain. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can also help in relieving pain.

If the pain is severe, surgery could be an option. Surgery in the spine can help in fixing the strangeness of the spinal cord or its surrounding bones through surgical methods. If the pain is in the initial stage, Yoga exercises or Aerobic activities can also be tried out under proper guidance and supervision.

8When is herniated disc surgery needed?

If the pain from a large disc herniation is severe and if you are unable to recover even after six to twelve weeks of various treatments, then surgery could be the best way.

But it needs to be decided after taking proper medical examination and advice from the doctors.

9What are the suggested exercises for the slipped disc?

Yoga helps to strengthen the back and it also helps to stretch and keep the back more flexible. Yoga has a number of exercises or poses. A few yoga poses like Camel Pose, Locust Pose, and Cobra Pose are good for pain relief.

At home, physical exercises can help to give pain relief. Aerobic activities for 30 minutes every week helps to improve cardiovascular health. Using a heating pad appease painful muscles or joints and can help minimize skin infections.

Other self-care ways to treat slipped disc pain are staying active, getting enough rest and sleep, to be in the correct posture always, eat a proper diet, and do massage therapy and so on.

10What is chronic slipped disc?

Sometimes the pain due to slipped disc could be long-lasting or recurring, due to continued tissue irritation caused by the disc pressing on a nerve. such long-lasting pain is called chronic slipped disc.

11Can slip disc cause foot pain?

The nerve pain in the foot is often evoked by problems within the foot itself. But in some cases, it may be caused by a problem with the lumbar spine (lower back) as well.

This type of foot pain occurs when an underlying medical problem related to the lumbar spine stimulates symptoms of pain, numbness, or weakness along the large sciatic nerve in the leg.

12Can slip disc in neck cause dizziness?

There are many conditions associated with dizziness. Acute back pain in the lower back can lead to dizziness. Dizziness is a condition that can cause a sensation of spinning around and losing one’s balance.

13Can slip disc cause constipation?

In lumbar disc (lower back) herniation, pain or numbness follows the annoyed nerve root, usually down the back of the leg, and possibly into the side of the foot. Very large disc herniation’s may lead to urinary difficulty and might cause constipation.

14Can slip disc cause hip pain?

Sometimes yes. A slipped disc can cause hip pain. Many times lower spine problems are caused by a herniated disc. This presses on nerves in the spinal column. This produces the pain called as sciatica and this can be felt in the hip.

15Can slip disc cause headaches?

Yes. Headaches can be sometimes caused by the neck. This especially happens with people whose herniated discs are located at the upper 3 cervical spinal nerves.

These type of headaches are called as “cervicogenic headaches.” These type of headaches are sometimes misdiagnosed as either a migraine or cluster headaches

16Can slipped disc be cured without surgery?

Not every disc related pain needs surgery. But if the symptoms are getting steadily worse, then doctors might suggest going for a surgery. It depends on the severity of the symptoms.

In many cases, a slipped disc will slowly improve with rest, exercise and medication after seeking proper medical advice. People can recover from slipped disc between 1 to 3 months’ timeframe.

17Can slip disc cause paralysis

Yes. It is possible sometimes if the long-lasting pain is not treated properly. In the case of severe symptoms due to slipped disc, the pressure on the spinal cord can lead to paralysis below the waist.

18Will slip disc heal by itself?

It depends on the severity of the symptoms. In many cases, a slipped disc will slowly improve with rest, exercise and medication after seeking proper medical advice. People can recover from slipped disc between 1 to 3 months’ timeframe.

19Will slip disc affect pregnancy?

Yes, it is possible. Though it is not common, sometimes pregnancy can cause osteoporotic compression fractures and symptoms in spinal tumors, mostly in vertebral hemangiomas.

Lumbar disc herniation is considered to be the most common spinal disorder at the time of pregnancy. It can cause an everlasting neurologic deficit in pregnant women.

20What is slipped disc near neck?

A slipped disc in the neck can cause neck and arm pain. People with a slipped disc in the neck will suffer from severe pain in the neck, shoulder and down the arm. This pain can be aggravated by neck movements or even by coughing or sneezing.

The pain can be so terrible that it may affect the person from sleeping properly. In medical terms, a slipped disc in the neck is also called as a ‘Cervical Disc Prolapse’.

21Slipped disc exercises to avoid?

It’s best to avoid some of the tedious exercises, especially when you have a bulging or herniated disc in the lower back. It is better to avoid sit-ups using the hip muscles. It puts unnecessary strain on the lower back and spine. It can put more pressure on the discs in the lower back. Avoid leg lifts.

Lying on the back while raising and lowering the straightened legs puts more stress on the lower back. It could also lead to muscle strains. Similarly, other exercises like forwarding bends, overhead weight lifting, high impact Aerobics should be avoided.

22What is slipped disc with a pinched nerve?

When the discs are hurt due to an injury or disease, they may bulge unusually or break open. This is called as a slipped disc. If the slipped disc presses on a nerve root (pinched or strained nerve), then it may cause pain, insensitivity or itching in the area of the body to which the nerve travels.

23Slipped disc vs bulging disc?

A disc in the spine that has torn open due to regular or unexpected pressure from the vertebrae surrounding it is called a herniated disc. A slipped disc is very common and it is often used interchangeably with both a herniated disc and a bulging disc. With a bulging disc, the spinal disc will begin to bulge or protrude outward due to pressure from the spine, but it has not torn open.

Bulging disc is also called as disc protrusion. A slipped disc is also called as a herniated disc if a bulging disc continues to expand outward, thereby developing a tear in the outer layer of the disc.

These are conditions commonly considered as degenerative spine conditions because they are often caused by the natural degradation of the spine as people grow older. Hence spine becomes weaker and can dehydrate.

24Slipped disc vs sciatica?

A herniated disc in the lower back can cause pain and insensibility in the backside and down the leg. Leg pain from a strained nerve is usually called as sciatica. Sciatica is the most common symptom of a herniated disc in the lower back of the body.

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