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Spinal Disc Problems - Know How To Deal With Them!

Dr. Pankaj Bharti 85% (10 ratings)
MD - Alternate Medicine
General Physician, Lucknow
Spinal Disc Problems - Know How To Deal With Them!

A spinal disk has a soft, jellylike centre (nucleus) encased in a tougher, rubbery exterior (annulus). Sometimes called a slipped disk or a ruptured disk, a herniated disk occurs when some of the nucleus pushes out through a tear in the annulus.A herniated disk, which can occur in any part of the spine, can irritate a nearby nerve. Depending on where the herniated disk is, it can result in pain, numbness or weakness in an arm or leg. Many people have no symptoms from a herniated disk. Surgery is usually not necessary to relieve the problem.

Discs uni formally distribute the body weight. It has got three-part the disc plate, nucleus and fibrous. Because of some undue pressure at a particular part of the disc, some or all cartilage fibres rupture and the nucleus bulges out. In advanced grade, this bulged out part may compress a corresponding nerve root. Due to compression, patients may experience radiating pain in the legs.

The most common site of a disc bulge is between L4-5 and L5-S1.
Through holistic corrective programme bulged out part retracts back leaving the pressure on the nerve.
The treatment has become successful because of unique muscle spasm release techniques and spinal decompression.
The disc is 84% gelatinous with the water-absorbing property. On decompression, it swells up and bulged out part retracts back and leaves the pressure on the nerve root.
As a final result, patients get complete relief in pain in the leg and also low back pain is permanently relieved.
This is the best-known treatment to date. According to a study done at KBMS Institute, more than 85% of patients get quick and permanent relief through this Holistic Corrective Programme (HCP).

3130 people found this helpful

Herniated Disc - Know Effects Of It!

Dr. Gurinder Bedi 90% (25 ratings)
CCST(Internal Medicine), FRCS (Orth Surg), FRCS, MS - Orthopaedics, DNB Orthopedics, MBBS
Orthopedic Doctor, Delhi
Herniated Disc - Know Effects Of It!

A herniated disc also known as a slipped disc or prolapsed disc refers to the problem where one of the discs located in between the bones of the vertebrae(backbone) gets damaged and stacks itself upon the nerves. The tender inner portion of the disc gets protruded over the outer ring. Herniated disc causes severe neck pain and back pain. It occurs when the outer ring gets weak and tears down. The most common symptoms include pain and numbness, especially on one side of the body. The pain extends down to the arms and legs. It worsens during nighttime. The muscles become weak. Overweight people are likely to have this disease, as the discs carry extra weight. Old people are vulnerable to a slipped disc.

Effects of Herniated Disc:

- An untreated case of herniated disc may cause permanent damage to the nerves.
- In certain cases, a herniated disc is capable of cutting off nerve impulses to the "caudal equine"nerves, present in the lower back and legs. This leads to loss of bladder control or bowel control.
- Saddle anaesthesia is another long-term effect. Nerves are compressed by the slip disc, causing loss of sensation in the inner portions of your thighs, the back of your legs and surrounding the rectum region.
- Symptoms may improve or worsen.

Diagnosis of Herniated Disc:

Treatment or diagnosis of a herniated disc or slip disc can be either conservative or surgical in nature. The nature of the treatment is determined according to your discomfort level and the kind of pain you are experiencing, or how much the disc has slipped out.

- The pain caused by herniated disc can be relieved by undertaking an exercise schedule which includes stretching and strengthening the spine and its surrounding muscles.
- A physiotherapist should be appointed for recommending the types of exercises.
- Taking pain relievers also soothes the pain.
- Stronger medicines prescribed by doctors include muscle relaxers, narcotics to deal with the pain, medicines for nerve pain such as "gabapentin"  or "duloxetine".
- In case of the symptoms not subsiding within a span of six weeks, surgery may be recommended by your doctor. The surgeon may have to remove the damaged part of the disc. This surgery is called a microdiscectomy.

1399 people found this helpful

Sciatica - Do You Need Surgery?

Dr. Anurag Saxena 87% (17 ratings)
MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, M.Ch - Neuro Surgery, FRCS (Ed) Neurosugery
Neurosurgeon, Gurgaon
Sciatica - Do You Need Surgery?

Sciatica pain can be mild to intense. Many with lumbar herniated disc and sciatica often wonder whether or not they require a surgery. Needless to say, it is never an easy decision. But the good news is that micro discectomy surgery has a higher rate of success when it comes to relieving sciatica pain. When compared to many other options, this one is relatively minimally invasive. It doesn’t alter the structure of the spine permanently since it works by removing a small portion of the disc, which has herniated or extruded out of the disc.

When your sciatica pain stems from lumbar disc herniation, a small open surgery with the help of magnification is the prevalently opted surgical approach. On the other hand, a laminectomy is done when the bone or disc pinching the nerve root is required to be removed.

When should you consider undergoing surgery for sciatica?
Typically, neurosurgeons recommend considering surgery for sciatica in a host of situations which include the following:

  1. Severe pain in the leg lingering for more than six weeks, which mainly affects one side of the leg or buttock
  2. Intense pain in the low back and buttock, which continues through the course of the sciatic nerve andextends to the lower leg and even foot. This pain can be described as sharp and searing rather than a dull thud.
  3. When pain has not alleviated even after non-surgical treatments that may include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs),oral steroids, injections, manual manipulations, and physical therapy
  4. When the patient is not able to take part in the day to day activities due to intense lower back pain and the symptoms tend to become severe during movements like sneeze and cough.
  5. When the symptoms are continuing to worsen, thereby indicating nerve damage, particularly when the progressive signs have their root in neurological issues
  6. It is important to note here that surgical intervention may only be needed when the patient experiences progressive weakness in the lower portion of the body or sudden loss of bladder or bowel movement, which may stem from cauda equina syndrome. Two surgeries, namely lumbar laminectomy and microdiscectomy are performed on the basis of the cause as well as the duration of the sciatica pain.
  7. In some cases, the symptoms are unique on the basis of the underlying causes of sciatica. For instance, trying to bend the body backward or walking a longer distance than normal may trigger unbearable symptoms. On the other hand, when the affected individual tries to bend the body forward, it can lead to symptoms stemming from the lumbar herniated disc.
  8. In case sciatica occurs after an accident, injury or trauma, or if it happens in tandem with other symptoms, then it requires an immediate medical attention.

Thus, choosing to go for a surgery depends on several factors that only your doctor can assess and decide upon.

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Herniated Disc - Know The Effects & Diagnosis Of It!

Dr. Kushal Shah 89% (21 ratings)
MS - Orthopaedics
Orthopedic Doctor, Vadodara
Herniated Disc - Know The Effects & Diagnosis Of It!

Herniated disc also known as a slip disc or prolapsed disc and it refers to the problem where one of the discs located in between the bones of the vertebrae(backbone) gets damaged and stacks itself upon the nerves. The tender inner portion of the disc gets protruded over the outer ring. Herniated disc causes severe neck pain and back pain. It occurs when the outer ring gets weak and tears down. The most common symptoms include pain and numbness, especially on one side of the body. The pain extends down to the arms and legs. It worsens during nighttime. The muscles become weak. Overweight people are likely to have this disease, as the discs carry extra weight. Old people are vulnerable to a slip disc.

Effects of Herniated Disc:

  1. An untreated case of Herniated disc may cause permanent damage to the nerves.
  2. In certain cases, a Herniated disc is capable of cutting off nerve impulses to the "caudal equine"nerves, present in the lower back and legs. This leads to loss of bladder control or bowel control.
  3. Saddle anaesthesia is another long-term effect. Nerves are compressed by the slip disc, causing loss of sensation in the inner portions of your thighs, the back of your legs and surrounding the rectum region.
  4. Symptoms may improve or worsen.

Diagnosis of Herniated Disc:
Treatment or diagnosis of Herniated disc or slipped disc can be either conservative or surgical in nature. The nature of treatment is determined according to your discomfort level and the kind of pain you are experiencing, or how much the disc has slipped out.

  1. The pain caused by Herniated disc can be relieved by undertaking an exercise schedule, which includes stretching and strengthening the spine and its surrounding muscles.
  2. physiotherapist should be appointed for recommending the types of exercises.
  3. Taking pain relievers also soothes the pain.
  4. Stronger medicines prescribed by doctors include-muscle relaxants, narcotics to deal with the pain, medicines for nerve pain such as "gabapentin"  or "duloxetine".
  5. In case of the symptoms not subsiding within a span of six weeks, a surgerymay be recommended by your doctor. The surgeon may have to remove the damaged part of the disc. This surgery is called a microdiscectomy.
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Herniated Discs - How Can You Prevent Them?

Dr. Azhar Lakhani 92% (10 ratings)
Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Wardha, Nagpur, Ms- Ortho, Fellowship in Complex Trauma And Limb Reconstruction, FELLOW IN JOINT REPLACEMENT AND ARTHOSCOPY SURGERY
Orthopedic Doctor, Pune
Herniated Discs - How Can You Prevent Them?

Our spinal disc resembles a jelly donut, wherein the softer insides are protected by the hard exterior. Sometimes, as a result of some injury or an accident, the jelly slips out, leading to an extremely painful condition which in medical parlance is known as herniated disc. The pain that you are subjected to, during herniated disc, occurs as the nerves nearby are damaged due to the concussion.

Usually there is a history of low backache or neck pain in the past. Apart from pain, herniated disc is preceded by other symptoms, some of them are:

  1. Pain in the arm or the leg: Depending on which part of the body you have suffered the herniated disc, in the neck or in your lower back, this condition is succeeded by intense pain either near the buttocks or near the shoulders. It goes without saying that this pain increases sharply with movement.
  2. Numbness: That part of the body where the nerves are damaged due to herniated disc often becomes numb and has no sensation whatsoever.
  3. Weakness: Due to herniated disc, the muscles become weak that considerably impairs and curbs mobility. Such muscle weakness can become permenant if not treated at an early stage.

However, there are various ways by which you can prevent a herniated disc. Some of them are:

  1. Exercise: Exercise in any form and even for a short while yields several benefits. Your body invariably gains momentum and agility. If you exercise daily, your spine becomes more stable and strong, thereby preventing a possible herniated disc. It is strongly recommended to consult an orthopaedician before starting any exercise regime. Wrong exercises and improper form can further worsen the problem. Avoid activites like bending forward, overhead activites or lifting of heavy weight as these can worsen a herniated disc.
  2. Maintaining the right and good posture: A lot depends on the way you sit and walk, in fact, more than you can imagine. If you sit badly, it exerts a pressure on the spine and the discs. Subsequently, a good posture does the very reverse and curbs chances of a herniated disc in the future.
  3. Keep a tab on the weight: It is always healthy to maintain the right weight, the one that keeps you away from the onset of various diseases. If you are overweight, it puts more pressure on the spine disc, thereby increasing the risk of developing a herniated disc.

Herniated Disc - Its Diagnosis And Effects!

Dr. Ashutosh Jha 92% (76 ratings)
AO TRAUMA, DNB (Orthopedics), MS Ortho, MBBS
Orthopedic Doctor, Ghaziabad
Herniated Disc - Its Diagnosis And Effects!

A herniated disc also known as a slip disc or prolapsed disc refers to the problem where one of the discs located in between the bones of the vertebrae(backbone) gets damaged and stacks itself upon the nerves. The tender inner portion of the disc gets protruded over the outer ring. Herniated disc causes severe neck pain and back pain. It occurs when the outer ring gets weak and tears down. The most common symptoms include pain and numbness, especially on one side of the body. The pain extends down to the arms and legs. It worsens during nighttime. The muscles become weak. Overweight people are likely to have this disease, as the discs carry extra weight. Old people are vulnerable to a slipped disc.

Effects of Herniated Disc:

  • An untreated case of herniated disc may cause permanent damage to the nerves.
  • In certain cases, a herniated disc is capable of cutting off nerve impulses to the "caudal equine"nerves, present in the lower back and legs. This leads to loss of bladder control or bowel control.
  • Saddle anesthesia is another long-term effect. Nerves are compressed by the slip disc, causing loss of sensation in the inner portions of your thighs, the back of your legs and surrounding the rectum region.
  • Symptoms may improve or worsen.

Diagnosis of Herniated Disc:

Treatment or diagnosis of herniated disc or slip disc can be either conservative or surgical in nature. The nature of treatment is determined according to your discomfort level and the kind of pain you are experiencing, or how much the disc has slipped out.

  • The pain caused by herniated disc can be relieved by undertaking an exercise schedule which includes stretching and strengthening the spine and its surrounding muscles.
  • A physiotherapist should be appointed for recommending the types of exercises.
  • Taking pain relievers also soothes the pain.
  • Stronger medicines prescribed by doctors include muscle relaxers, narcotics to deal with the pain, medicines for nerve pain such as "gabapentin"  or "duloxetine".
  • In case of the symptoms not subsiding within a span of six weeks, surgery may be recommended by your doctor. The surgeon may have to remove the damaged part of the disc. This surgery is called a microdiscectomy.

Herniated Disc - Effects And Diagnosis Of The Issue!

MBBS, MS - Orthopaedics, Fellowship In Arthroscopy & Sports Medicine
Orthopedic Doctor, Raipur
Herniated Disc - Effects And Diagnosis Of The Issue!

Herniated disc also known as a slip disc or prolapsed disc and it refers to the problem where one of the discs located in between the bones of the vertebrae(backbone) gets damaged and stacks itself upon the nerves. The tender inner portion of the disc gets protruded over the outer ring. Herniated disc causes severe neck pain and back pain. It occurs when the outer ring gets weak and tears down. The most common symptoms include pain and numbness, especially on one side of the body. The pain extends down to the arms and legs. It worsens during nighttime. The muscles become weak. Overweight people are likely to have this disease, as the discs carry extra weight. Old people are vulnerable to a slip disc.

Effects of Herniated Disc:

 

  1. An untreated case of Herniated disc may cause permanent damage to the nerves.
  2. In certain cases, a Herniated disc is capable of cutting off nerve impulses to the "caudal equine"nerves, present in the lower back and legs. This leads to loss of bladder control or bowel control.
  3. Saddle anaesthesia is another long-term effect. Nerves are compressed by the slip disc, causing loss of sensation in the inner portions of your thighs, the back of your legs and surrounding the rectum region.
  4. Symptoms may improve or worsen.

Diagnosis of Herniated Disc:
Treatment or diagnosis of Herniated disc or slipped disc can be either conservative or surgical in nature. The nature of treatment is determined according to your discomfort level and the kind of pain you are experiencing, or how much the disc has slipped out.

  1. The pain caused by Herniated disc can be relieved by undertaking an exercise schedule, which includes stretching and strengthening the spine and its surrounding muscles.
  2. physiotherapist should be appointed for recommending the types of exercises.
  3. Taking pain relievers also soothes the pain.
  4. Stronger medicines prescribed by doctors include-muscle relaxants, narcotics to deal with the pain, medicines for nerve pain such as "gabapentin"  or "duloxetine".
  5. In case of the symptoms not subsiding within a span of six weeks, a surgerymay be recommended by your doctor. The surgeon may have to remove the damaged part of the disc. This surgery is called a microdiscectomy.
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Treating Slipped Disc With Homeopathy!

Dr. M V S S Ramakrishna 92% (868 ratings)
BHMS & MD, MCAH
Homeopath, Vijayawada
Treating Slipped Disc With Homeopathy!

HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE FOR SLIPPED DISC OR HERNIATED DISC

Slipped Disk or Prolapsed Intervertebral Disc causes intense pain in back, legs & sciatic nerve. Know the cause & homeopathic medicine for a slipped disk.

Are you looking for a homeopathic cure for the slipped disk? This article discusses the homeopathy treatment of slipped disk along with the best homeopathic medicine for slipped disk treatment.

The disks are pads of tissue situated between each of the vertebrae that make up the spinal column. Each disk consists of a tough, fibrous outer ring called the annulus fibrous and a softer, jellylike inner layer called the nucleus pulpous. The function of the disk is to act as both a strong connection between the vertebrae and a cushion to absorb weight on the spinal column.

A slipped disk does not really slip; the tough outer fibrous ring (annulus) cracks open and the softer inner layer protrudes (prolapse) through the crack, like toothpaste coming out through a crack in a toothpaste tube. For this reason, doctors prefer to speak of a disk prolapse rather than a slipped disk.

The disk begins to prolapse when a crack develops in its tough outer ring. This is usually the effect of wear and tear in the back as a result of normal aging. One particularly heavy or awkward lift, a fall, or even a sudden cough or sneeze may force some of the soft disk nuclei to prolapsed, leading to sudden prolapsed.

The nucleus of a disk is softest and most jelly-like during childhood. Over the years the nucleus gradually dries out so that by middle age it has a consistency similar to crab-meat. As someone gets older, the nucleus becomes even firmer. In elderly people the disk is mainly a section of scar tissue; this accounts for the fact that old people lose height.

A slipped disk occurs less frequently as people get older; it is a disorder affecting young adults and people in early middle age. Disk protrusion occurs where the outer layer of the disk is weakest; that is, just in front of the nerve roots, which emerge from the spinal cord at each vertebral level. There is very little free space within the spinal canal, and the protruding disk material presses on the nerve root at that level and causes the painful symptoms of a slipped disk.

The area of the spine most likely to be affected is the lowermost part of the back. Here the greatest strains occur, and it is not surprising that most disks that fail are at this level. However, it is possible for disks to prolapse at any level along the length of the spinal column – in the back or the neck.

Homeopathic treatment of slipped disk -

Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of homeopathic medicine for a slipped disk is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using a holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathic medicine for a slipped disk is not only to treat slipped disk but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat slipped disk that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints.  For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. These are the remedies which are most often helpful in the treatment of slipped disk:

Commonly indicated homeopathy medicines for Prolapsed Intervertebral Disc

  • Bryonia
  • Rhus tox
  • Kali carb
  • Phosphorus
  • Sepia
  • Lachesis
  • Thuja occidentalis
  • Ruta
  • Calcarea carb
  • Cimicifuga
  • China officinalis
  • Natrum mur
  • Pulsatilla
  • Kalmia
  • Ledum pal
  • Medorrhinum
  • Calcarea phos

Sciatica Slipped Disc - How To Handle It?

Navoday Hospital 88% (34 ratings)
Multi Speciality, Nagpur
Sciatica Slipped Disc - How To Handle It?

Herniated Disc

We all know that spine is one of the crucial parts of our body. The spine forming bones or vertebrae are protected by spongy and small discs. In healthy condition, these discs play the roles of shock absorbers for our spine and help to retain its flexibility. However, while a disc gets damaged, it might break open or bulge. This particular condition is known as ‘herniated disc’. This condition is also called ruptured or slipped disc. An individual can be suffering from the issue of the herniated disc in any of the part of his/her spine. However, most of the herniated discs influence the lumbar spine or lower back. Sometimes, it happens in cervical spine or neck and rarely this condition is seen in the thoracic spine or upper back.

Causes

A herniated disc might be sourced from the disc erosion. With age, the discs start drying out and they become unable to retain their flexibility. Another reason for which this problem can generate is spine injury. It might result in minute cracks or tears in the disc’s hard outer coating. While it occurs, the thick gel (from the internal part of the disc) might be forced out via the cracks or tears in the disc’s outer layer. As a result, the disc can become break open or bulge.

Symptoms

Whenever a herniated disc starts pressing the nerve roots, the affected person can feel pain, weakness, and numbness in the nerve travelling area of his/her body. When the herniated disc issue affects one’s lower back portion, it can generate numbness and pain in his/her buttock, as well as, down his/her leg and this condition is known as sciatica. It is the most prominent sign regarding a low back herniated disc. If a herniated disc does not provide pressure to the nerve, then the affected person might be suffering from a backache. Sometimes, there is no pain absolutely. Generally, a herniated disc heals automatically with the passage of time. The affected person should take patience and strictly follow the treatment plan provided by the doctor. In case, there is no change in the symptoms within the pre-specified period, then that person should consult the doctor about the appropriate surgery.

Endoscopic Surgery

Endoscopic techniques for the purpose of diagnosis have been started since the late 1970s. Experts initiated the utilization of the popular techniques of endoscopic surgery in the 1990s, however, the particular technique is now used for the spine conditions’ treatment. In this procedure, pain and spine specialist makes use of specialized instrumentation, as well as, video cameras and perform it through minute incisions. For alleviating interruption to one’s tissue and muscles, the surgeon receives access to the respective vertebrae through the placement of collections of tubes in the endoscopic spine surgery. The Endoscopic spine processes are usually executed in either a 23-hour stay or an outpatient setting. The particular minimally invasive spine surgery is utilized for relieving pain sourced from pressing of herniated discs on nerve roots.

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Endoscopy Discectomy & Sciatica Slipped Disc!

Dr. Sanjay Sharma 89% (304 ratings)
Fellowship in Interventional Pain management , Diploma in Anesthesia, DA, MBBS
Pain Management Specialist, Jaipur
Endoscopy Discectomy & Sciatica Slipped Disc!

Herniated Disc

We all know that spine is one of the crucial parts of our body. The spine forming bones or vertebrae are protected by spongy and small discs. In healthy condition, these discs play the roles of shock absorbers for our spine and help to retain its flexibility. However, while a disc gets damaged, it might break open or bulge. This particular condition is known as ‘herniated disc’. This condition is also called ruptured or slipped disc. An individual can be suffering from the issue of the herniated disc in any of the part of his/her spine. However, most of the herniated discs influence the lumbar spine or lower back. Sometimes, it happens in cervical spine or neck and rarely this condition is seen in the thoracic spine or upper back.

Causes

A herniated disc might be sourced from the disc erosion. With age, the discs start drying out and they become unable to retain their flexibility. Another reason for which this problem can generate is spine injury. It might result in minute cracks or tears in the disc’s hard outer coating. While it occurs, the thick gel (from the internal part of the disc) might be forced out via the cracks or tears in the disc’s outer layer. As a result, the disc can become break open or bulge.

Symptoms

Whenever a herniated disc starts pressing the nerve roots, the affected person can feel pain, weakness, and numbness in the nerve travelling area of his/her body. When the herniated disc issue affects one’s lower back portion, it can generate numbness and pain in his/her buttock, as well as, down his/her leg and this condition is known as sciatica. It is the most prominent sign regarding a low back herniated disc. If a herniated disc does not provide pressure to the nerve, then the affected person might be suffering from backache. Sometimes, there is no pain absolutely. Generally, a herniated disc heals automatically with the passage of time. The affected person should take patience and strictly follow the treatment plan provided by the doctor. In case, there is no change in the symptoms within the pre-specified period, then that person should consult the doctor about the appropriate surgery.

Endoscopic Surgery

Endoscopic techniques for the purpose of diagnosis have been started since the late 1970s. Experts initiated the utilization of the popular techniques of endoscopic surgery in the 1990s, however, the particular technique is now used for the spine conditions’ treatment. In this procedure, pain and spine specialist make use of specialized instrumentation, as well as, video cameras and perform it through minute incisions. For alleviating interruption to one’s tissue and muscles, the surgeon receives access to the respective vertebrae through the placement of collections of tubes in the endoscopic spine surgery. The Endoscopic spine processes are usually executed in either a 23-hour stay or an outpatient setting. The particular minimally invasive spine surgery is utilized for relieving pain sourced from pressing of herniated discs on nerve roots.

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