The term Slip Disc is used for defining a condition where the soft inner part of the disks comes out or protrudes through the outer ring. In case of a Slip Disc, one would experience acute pain and numbness only on one side of the body. The pain usually gets worse at night, after walking or doing some exercises or even be associated with extreme muscle weakness and fatigue.
HOW IS SLIP DISC DIAGNOSED?
A general physician will first perform a physical examination to look for the source of pain. X-rays, CT scans, MRI and discograms are needed for further investigation.
HOW IS SLIP DISC TREATED?
In most of the cases, the doctor recommends use of non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxants, corticosteroids, opiates and antidepressants. Only under certain cases of weakness, loss of movement and unusual sensation, surgery may be recommended followed by physical therapy.
DID YOU KNOW?
The lower back is one of the most common areas for Slip Disc.