A slip disc is a condition that occurs when the soft inner portion of the disk protrudes through the outer ring. The symptoms of the condition may vary depending on where the slip disc occurs and if it damages any of the spinal nerves. The most common symptoms are pain and numbness on one side of the body, pain that extends to your extremities, pain that tends to worsen at night and after sitting or standing. There can be unexplained muscle weakness, tingling, aching, or burning sensations in the affected area.
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?
Treatments for a slipped disk range from conservative to surgical. The treatment typically depends on the level of discomfort.
DID YOU KNOW?
Patients treated with or without surgery have been found to have equal working abilities.