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Slipped Disc Treatment & Diagnostics in Alwarpet, Chennai

Slipped Disc (Vertebral Disc Prolapse)

Introduction

A slipped disc, also known as vertebral disc prolapse, or herniated, ruptured, or bulging disc is a bone condition that affects the spine. Although it can develop anywhere along the length of the spine, it mainly affects the lower back portion of the body. 

Around 60 to 80% of people are likely to experience lower back and leg pain in their lifetimes. A slipped disk is one of the most common reasons behind lower back and sciatica or leg pain. 

A slipped disc is a painful condition. However, you are likely to feel relief after receiving proper and timely treatment.

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What Are the Symptoms of a Slipped Disc?

The symptoms of a slipped disc include the following:

  • Pain that radiates to your legs or arms
  • Pain in one side of your body
  • Numbness in one side of your body
  • Pain that intensifies at night or while doing certain physical activities
  • Pain that increases after sitting for long or standing
  • Pain even after taking a walk
  • Burning or tingling sensation in the affected part of the body
  • Unexplained weakness in the muscles

What Are the Causes of a Slipped Disc?

Herniation of a disk is mainly due to progressive and age-associated wear and tear of the spinal cord. It is known as disk degeneration. With increasing age, the discs become more susceptible to breaking or tearing due to a drop in flexibility, even from a minor twist or bend.

In some cases, people use their back muscles to lift heavy objects instead of their thigh and leg muscles. This can strain their back, leading to a slipped disc.

Traumatic situations, such as road accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, also cause a herniated disc. 

When Should You Seek Medical Help?

It is crucial to seek vertebral disc prolapse treatment in Alwarpet, Chennai if:

  • Your back or neck pain radiates to your leg or arm.
  • You experience numbness and a tingling sensation in the affected area.
  • You are unable to stand or sit properly.

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What Are the Treatment Options for a Slipped Disc?

Slipped disc or vertebral disc prolapse treatments in Alwarpet are of different types, from conservative to surgical. Your vertebral disc prolapse specialist in Alwarpet is likely to decide on the most appropriate option for you depending on the following factors:

  • The extent of the herniated disc
  • Your age
  • Cause of the herniated disc
  • The degree to which the condition is bothering you.

Some of the most common treatments include:

Medications: Your doctor is likely to recommend taking medicines to subside the pain, such as:

  • OTC pain relievers
  • Cortisone injections
  • Opioids
  • Muscle relaxers

Physical therapy: Physical therapy can help you with managing the pain and discomfort. Your doctor is likely to refer you to a physical therapist who will show you the correct postures and exercises to alleviate a slipped disc-associated pain.

Surgery: If medications and physical therapy did not work well for you or your signs and symptoms did not improve within six weeks of conservative treatment, your doctor is likely to recommend surgery. 

Microdiscectomy
In this procedure, your doctor removes the bulging or damaged portion of the disc while keeping the rest of the disc intact.

When it comes to more critical cases, your doctor may replace the entire disc with prosthetics (artificial disc). He/she may also remove the damaged disc and fuse two vertebrae. Microdiscectomy, along with spinal fusion and laminectomy, adds more strength to your backbone.

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Conclusion

A slipped disc is a common health condition that affects your backbone. In most cases, people with a herniated disc show a positive response to conservative treatments within 6 weeks. 

Request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Alwarpet, Chennai.

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Reference Links:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/herniated-disk/symptoms-causes/syc-20354095

https://www.healthline.com/health/herniated-disk#complications 

Can a herniated disc lead to paralysis?

A critically herniated disc, if ignored or left without any treatment, can lead to paralysis.

Can you prevent a herniated disc?

Although you cannot prevent a herniated as it is an age-associated condition, you can take precautions to minimize your risks of getting it. Here are some of the precautions you can take:

  • Make sure to maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Avoid unhealthy lifting techniques.
  • Make sure to exercise regularly.
  • Do not sit in the same position for a long time.

What are the risk factors for a herniated disc?

You might be at the risk of developing the condition if:

  • You are overweight.
  • Anyone in your family has this condition.
  • Your work involves repetitive pulling, pushing, lifting, etc.
  • You are a smoker.

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