Slip Disc occurs when the soft inner portion of the disk protrudes through the outer ring and Slip Disc is more common in older adults. The spinal column is made up of a series of bones and from top to bottom, the column includes seven bones in the cervical spine, 12 in the thoracic spine and five in the lumbar spine. These bones are cushioned by disks and the disks protect the bones by absorbing the shocks from daily activities like walking, and twisting. Therefore, a Slip Disc occurs when the outer ring becomes weak or torn and allows the inner portion to slip out. Symptoms of Slip Disc consist of pain and numbness, pain that extends to the arms and legs, pain when walking short distances, and unexplained muscle weakness, among others.
HOW IS SLIP DISC DIAGNOSED?
The orthopedics will study the medical history of patient along with taking a physical examination followed by results obtained from MRI, CT scan, X-rays and blood tests. Only in certain cases, the doctor may ask for electromyogram and nerve conduction test and myelogram.
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?
Patients treated with or without surgery have been found to have equal working abilities.