Disc prolapse – or what is popularly known as a herniated disc – occurs when the soft, rubbery tissues of the spinal discs push through a crack in the tougher exterior casing. It usually results from wear and tear of the spinal discs over time.
The following factors may put you at risk of a disc prolapse –
• Genetics – You may have a tendency towards developing a disc prolapse
• Occupation – People who are engaged in physically demanding jobs are more likely to develop back pain
• Weight – Excessive body weight puts pressure on the discs in the lower back
Signs to Watch Out for-
Signs and symptoms of disc prolapsed may include the following –
• Pain in the legs, particularly in the calf, thigh, and buttocks
• Pain in the arms and shoulder that intensify when you sneeze, cough, or even move your spine into certain positions
• Tingling or numbness in the affected areas
• Muscle weakness
• Inability to hold an object
If the pain deteriorates i.e. if the pain shoots down from your back or neck to the extremities, consult a doctor immediately.
Acupuncture for Disc Prolapse-
Although there are certain non-surgical and surgical treatment methods, many healthcare professionals and doctors nowadays recommend acupuncture as an alternative cure.