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Slipped Disc - How To Avert It?

BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Hyderabad
Slipped Disc - How To Avert It?

A slipped disc is a condition which is characterized by a damaged disc in your spinal cord. The disc is a soft substance present in the spinal cord that cushions the vertebra in the spine. A slipped disc occurs when the soft substance in the disk pops out causing pain in the area.

There are various preventive measures that you can adapt to prevent a slipped disc from occurring; they are

  1. Keep a check on weight: Being overweight increases the risk of a slipped disc as the pressure on the lower back will be immense. In order to reduce the pressure, maintain optimal levels of body weight.
  2. Exercise regularly: Do strength training exercises such as the plank and squats to strengthen the core muscles. This helps in strengthening your lower back strong and prevents slipped disc from occurring.
  3. Maintain a good form while exercising or lifting anything heavy: If you are exercising or simply lifting something heavy, make sure to keep your lower back straight. Lifting heavy weights without proper form may lead to slipped disc as the spine may not be able to bear the stress.
  4. Quit smokingIt is advised to quit smoking as smoking impairs the ability of the disc to absorb nutrients and thus, prevents it from remaining healthy. It may also cause the discs to become brittle and dry.
  5. Maintain a good posture: Remember to keep an upright posture while walking; keep the spine straight to prevent slouching. Maintain a proper neutral posture while sitting as well. Hunching over your desk while working with your computer may also cause problems in your spine.
  6. Do not sit for prolonged periods: Sitting for extended periods of time may cause problems in your lower back and posture. It may weaken the lower back muscles and lead to complications such as a slipped disc.



 

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Slipped Disc - How To Avert It?

Dr.Arjun Shelke 87% (49ratings)
MBBS, Diploma In Orthopaedics (D. Ortho), SICOT Fellowship in Arthoscopy
Orthopedic Doctor, Bilaspur
Slipped Disc - How To Avert It?

Slipped disc, also known as spinal disc herniation, is a medical condition which affects the spine. The spinal column of the human body is composed of a series of bones (also known as the vertebrae), which are stacked on top of each other. All these bones are cushioned from all sides by discs, which absorb any and all shocks from day to day activities such as lifting, twisting and walking. All discs have two parts: a soft inner portion, and a hard outer ring. Due to weakness or injury, the inner part of the disc can protrude through the hard outer ring. When this happens, the condition is known as a slipped disc.

How to prevent slipped disc?
Slipped disc can be avoided by maintaining a few things:

  1. Exercise: Slipped discs are generally associated with age; so regular exercise can help delay the deterioration of the discs. Regular exercise can also help strengthen your back muscles.
  2. Keeping your weight in control: The more your weight, the more the strain your back muscles go through, so it is essential to maintain a healthy weight that should ease the pressure.
  3. Stop smoking: Nicotine is harmful to the discs present in your back, as it lowers the capability of the discs to properly absorb the nutrients needed for staying healthy.
  4. Maintaining proper posture: While slouching or slumping alone might not be responsible for a slipped disc, but if your back muscles are already strained, the bad posture could make it even worse. It’s necessary to maintain good posture not only while walking or standing, but also when sitting, as well as sleeping.
  5. Be careful while lifting: Lifting heavy objects can put a lot of strain on the back muscles, as well as the disc surrounding it. Be cautious not to lean sideways or twist your back while in the process of lifting, and always lift only as much as you can manage.

Available treatment options for slipped disc
Generally, a slipped disc is supposed to improve, given rest, medication and exercise. It can take anywhere between one to three months to achieve complete recovery.

  1. Keeping active: After having suffered from a slipped disc, keeping active is very important. While it can be a bit problematic to move, gentle exercise is essential. Swimming is helpful, as the water doesn’t put a lot of strain on the joints, while still supporting your weight.
  2. Physiotherapy: Physiotherapy is an important part of the recuperation programme. Using techniques such as manipulation and massage, physiotherapists work to restore function and movement in patients.
  3. Medication: This includes painkillers such as paracetamol, or any other medicine prescribed by the doctor. Over the counter medications are available, but they should always be taken with caution.
  4. Surgery: A few cases of slipped disc require surgery, especially if the patient’s symptoms have not improved even after other treatments, or if the patient has problems with walking or standing.
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Spine Deformity - How To Resolve It?

MS - Orthopaedics, AO Fellowship in Trauma, Fellow Spine Surgeon, fellow in Endoscopic Spine Surgery
Orthopedic Doctor, Gurgaon
Spine Deformity - How To Resolve It?

Spine deformity is a medical condition that refers to any type of abnormality in the shape, alignment, or formation of the vertebral column. The human spine, in its normal state, has a gentle curvature but when these curves become extreme or move out of place, it leads to deformities. Some deformities are mild in nature while some are serious. The former are not recognizable but the latter mark the personality of the individual and also cause physical problems. Spine deformity is also known as a misshapen spine or curvy spine and can affect anyone – child, adolescent, adult or old.

The signs and symptoms of spine deformity include low back pain, weakness, pain in legs or thighs, muscle spasms, breathing difficulty, uneven shoulders or hips or both, misalignment of the head, protruding shoulder blade, and poor gait.

  1. Scoliosis, Kyphosis, and Spondylolisthesis - Spinal deformity is mainly categorized into three conditions that commonly affect people: These spinal deformities include the following:
  2. Scoliosis – In this type of spinal deformity, the spine becomes curved from side to side forming an “S” or “C” shape. It mostly affects teenagers in their growing years but can also affect children and adults. It can be caused due to birth defects, genetic reasons, or neurological defects. It can be structural or nonstructural. The former is caused by disease, injury or birth defect and it is permanent in nature. The latter is temporary and can be treated with surgery.
  3. Kyphosis – Also known as a hunchback, kyphosis is a condition marked by excessive curvature in the upper part of the spine. This is a very visible condition and the person has a hump on their upper back. It can affect anyone and is generally known to result because of poor posture but an infection in the spine, injury, slipped disc, muscle weakness, arthritis, and aging can also trigger kyphosis.
  4. Spondylolisthesis – In this condition, a bone in the spine moves out of position, either forward or backwards, causing a deformity in the spine. It is caused by aging, arthritis, or general degeneration caused by wear and tear.

Treatment: Spinal deformity, in most of the cases, is treatable if it is detected on time. In cases of kyphosis or where the patient is experiencing symptoms such as pain or other tangible signs, physical examination by an orthopedist is necessary. Upon further screening through an X-ray or MRI scan, the degree of deformity is determined and then the doctor starts treatment. Some cases can be treated through braces or physical therapy or exercise. They correct the abnormal curvature of the spine and the individual can get a normal curvature after the treatment but in some cases, surgery is the only option left as only surgical intervention can rectify the deformed curvature. The surgical techniques include spinal fusion and insertion of implants.

Prevention: Spinal deformity is painful as well as personality diminishing condition and hence, need timely treatment but it can be prevented as well. For it to happen, causes such as poor posture, arthritis, and slip disc need to be addressed in time. One should be extra careful about pain in the back or legs and take immediate help from the doctor. Also, one should try to maintain a healthy weight and do regular exercise.

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Slip Disk Problem - How To Avert It?

Chd City Hospital 86% (11ratings)
Multi Speciality, Chandigarh
Slip Disk Problem - How To Avert It?

Slip disk is a condition of the spinal column which consists of a stack of vertebras from the cervical, thoracic and the lumbar spine. The bones of the spine are cushioned by disks that are present to absorb shocks. Trauma to the spine may cause the disk to bulge or be ruptured. This may lead to pain in the neck and the back. 

Causes of slip disk

Slip disk is caused when the jelly-like substance present in the disks bulges out. The damaged disk thus puts pressure on the adjacent nerve causing excruciating pain. The various causes of a slipped disk are:

1. Incorrect form during exercise
If you are into weight lifting, it is important that you use proper form during exercising. Moves like barbell squat and deadlifts can put pressure on the spine and lead to disk problems, if not done correctly. Make sure you work on your core strength and keep your lower back straight while exercising. 

2. Smoking
Smoking causes the disks to lose their flexibility and thus, increases the risk of slipped disk.

3. Ageing
Ageing decreases the content of water in the spine, thus leading to inflexibility.

Symptoms

The symptoms of slip disk are:

1. Pain on one side of the body that tends to aggravate over time
2. Activities such as sitting and coughing may lead to pressure on the spine causing pain
3. Your range of motion on certain movements may be restricted
4. Pain in the neck while moving it
5. Numbness in the shoulder and the neck region
6. You may experience tingling sensations in the genitals, hips and the legs
7. You may have muscles spasms which lead to a sudden contraction of the muscles
8. It may also lead to partial paralysis of the lower body

Prevention

1. If you are overweight, try to reduce weight and then focus on maintaining healthy weight levels
2. Maintain proper posture while sitting or standing
3. Exercise on a regular basis to build strength and keep your joints healthy
4. Don't remain in seated position for an extended period of time. Take small breaks in between to stretch

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Herniated Disc - Know The Effects & Diagnosis Of It!

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 Disc - Its Diagnosis And Effects!

Dr.Ashutosh Jha 90% (76ratings)
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.
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Slip Disk Problems - What Can Cause Them?

MBBS, MS - Orthopaedics
Orthopedic Doctor, Ranchi
Slip Disk Problems - What Can Cause Them?

Slip disk is a condition of the spinal column which consists of a stack of vertebras from the cervical, thoracic and the lumbar spine.The bones of the spine are cushioned by disks that are present to absorb shocks. Trauma to the spine may cause the disk to bulge or be ruptured. This may lead to pain in the neck and the back. 

Causes of slip disk

Slip disk is caused when the jelly like substance present in the disks bulges out. The damaged disk thus puts pressure on the adjacent nerve causing excruciating pain. The various causes of a slipped disk are:

1. Incorrect form during exercise
If you are into weight lifting, it is important that you use proper form during exercising. Moves like barbell squat and deadlifts can put pressure on the spine and lead to disk problems, if not done correctly. Make sure you work on your core strength and keep your lower back straight while exercising. 

2. Smoking
Smoking causes the disks to lose their flexibility and thus, increases the risk of slipped disk.

3. Ageing
Ageing decreases the content of water in the spine, thus leading to inflexibility.

Symptoms

The symptoms of slip disk are:

1. Pain on one side of the body that tends to aggravate over time
2. Activities such as sitting and coughing may lead to pressure on the spine causing pain
3. Your range of motion on certain movements may be restricted
4. Pain in the neck while moving it
5. Numbness in the shoulder and the neck region
6. You may experience tingling sensations in the genitals, hips and the legs
7. You may have muscles spasms which lead to sudden contraction of the muscles
8. It may also lead to partial paralysis of the lower body

Prevention

1. If you are overweight, try to reduce weight and then focus on maintaining healthy weight levels
2. Maintain proper posture while sitting or standing
3. Exercise on a regular basis to build strength and keep your joints healthy
4. Don't remain in seated position for an extended period of time. Take small breaks in between to stretch

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Slip Disc - How Can Ayurveda Avert It?

BAMS, MD Ayurveda, PGDDN- Dietetics & Nutrition
Ayurvedic Doctor, Mumbai
Slip Disc - How Can Ayurveda Avert It?

A slipped disc is when the soft part of the disc bulges through the circle of connective tissue. This prolapsed may push on the spinal cord or on the nerve roots. However, it is worth noting that 20 percent of the population has slipped discs without experiencing any noticeable symptoms. The term 'slipped disc' does not really describe the process properly - the disc does not actually slip out of place, but bulges out towards the spinal cord. This condition is also known as a herniated, ruptured, prolapsed, or, more commonly, slipped disk. Some of the most common symptoms of slipped disk are pain in back, neck and lower part of the body, feeling of partial or complete numbness in the parts above and below the affected area, weakness in the lower limbs, scratchy/itchy (tingling) feeling around the genitals, pain while doing any activity such as sneezing, coughing, walking, people suffering from slipped disk often complain of experiencing partial or regular unconsciousness.

In the past, a patient suffering from Disc problems may have been prescribed painkillers/medications, instructed to refrain from physical activities, referred for Physiotherapy, received steroidal shots or injections, and when they weren’t progressing, they were sent for Spinal Surgery. Frankly speaking only 5% of Back pains require Surgeries; the other 95% can be dealt with conservative & curative Ayurveda Panchakarma Chikitsa. The Ayurvedic treatment usually involves Panchakarma expert Ayurvedic doctor’s consultation and a series of ayurvedic panchakarma treatments like Abhayangam, Swedam, Elakizhi, Navarakizhi, Nasayam, Kativasti, Anuvashan and Kashaya vasti, Marma chikitsa, Meru Chikitsa (Ayurvedic Neuro-Therapy) along with Vatahara chikitsa and Brumhana chikitsa and internal medicines. Usually the treatment p, riod is 7/14/21/28 days according to the severity of the disease.

Today, you may not have to live with that pain anymore. We have successfully treated Lower Back Pain resulting from herniated, bulging, or degenerative discs. We are dedicated to improving the health and function of our patients by combining Traditional Ayurveda Panchakarma Chikitsa with modern technology and Osteopathic manipulation techniques (OMT) to deliver an unprecedented level of service.

We have treated many patients with Spinal conditions like:

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Disc Prolapse - Know How Acupunture Can Help!

Dr.Vinay Kumar M (Pt) 90% (10ratings)
BPTh/BPT, Diploma in Acupuncture
Acupuncturist, Hyderabad
Disc Prolapse - Know How Acupunture Can Help!

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.

Risk Factors-
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.

  • Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice that believes that people possess ‘Chi’ or an energy force. When the force is unbalanced or blocked, your body becomes susceptible to illness and pain. Traditional acupuncturists strive to free up these energy channels (known as meridians) by inserting needles into specific points in your body. It activates the release of endorphins in your blood, which acts as natural pain relievers and reduces pain.
  • The process involves inserting multiple needles, depending on your diagnosis. Most people do not feel pain when the needles are inserted. In fact, they feel relaxed or energized. The acupuncturist will leave the needles in for about 20-40 minutes – this may cause temporary soreness but do not pose serious complications.
  • Acupuncture can help relieve pain associated with bulging, herniated disc. If you are considering this option, you should visit a complementary and alternative medicine practitioner.
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Treating Slipped Disc With Homeopathy Medicine

Dr.Maruboina Ramakrishna 90% (870ratings)
BHMS & MD, MCAH
Homeopathy Doctor, Vijayawada
Treating Slipped Disc With Homeopathy Medicine

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 for 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, jelly-like 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 of the neck.

Homeopathic Treatment for Slipped Disc Pain

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 signs 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 a slipped disk that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations, and modalities of the complaints. These are the homeopathic remedies which are most often helpful in the treatment of slipped disk:

Homeopathy Medicines for Slipped Disc Pain

Here we create list some natural homeopathic medicine for slip disc pain. For individualized, homeopathy remedy selection and treatment can be varied patient to patient:

  • 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

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