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Anushka Sharma Suffering From Bulging Disc - Know The Symptoms, Causes And Treatment Of The Condition

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
General Physician, Faridabad
Anushka Sharma Suffering From Bulging Disc - Know The Symptoms, Causes And Treatment Of The Condition

One of the most loved Bollywood actresses, Anushka Sharma, has reportedly been diagnosed with bulging disc, more commonly known as a slipped disc or a protruding disc.

As per the media reports, the actress, who has been busy promoting her upcoming movie ‘Sui Dhaga’, has been advised rest by doctors.

So , let’s take a look at the symptoms, causes and treatment of bulging disc.

Symptoms:

A bulging disc happens when the tough outer layer of the disc bulges into the spinal canal. It is one of the most common spine injuries which can occur in your lumbar spine (lower back), cervical spine (neck) or thoracic spine (upper and mid-back).

The symptoms of bulging disc can vary on the basis of the location and severity of the condition. There is a possibility that a person suffering from a slipped disc does not have any signs till the bulging area does not press against a nearby nerve.

A person, however, may feel severe pain if the spinal nerve is pressurised by displaced disc material.

The signs of bulging disc may include:

The most common sign of the disease is intense pain radiating to the hips, buttocks, legs and feet due to damaged disc. In the cervical spine, pain can radiate from the neck, down the arm and to the fingers. The other signs are numbness, weakness, tingling and muscle spasms.

Causes of a bulging disc:

Among the most common reasons for a bulging disc are injury, wear-and-tear, ageing, excess body weight, severe trauma, etc. 

Genetics may also be the reason for developing this condition. People with family history of degenerative spine conditions are more prone this disease.

What are the treatments?

People who are diagnosed with a bulging disc are generally recommended treatments that relieve its symptoms. These treatments include warm compresses, exercises, medication and rest.

If the condition of the patient does not improve even after the above mentioned measures, the doctor will advise surgery.

How to prevent a bulging disc?

Bulging disc can not be entirely prevented but you can be physically active, do some back strengthening exercises and yoga to reduce the chances of suffering from it.

We hope the condition of Anushka is not severe and she soon returns to her full-fledged schedule to keep us enthralled with her flawless on screen performances. Wish her a speedy recovery !

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What is at the least risk of spinal cord injury. I have not met with any accident ever that included spinal injury do I have any chance of having a spinal cord injury?

Dr. Sohil Kamdar 94% (78 ratings)
BPTh/BPT, MPT sports physiotherapy
Physiotherapist, Rajkot
What is at the least risk of spinal cord injury. I have not met with any accident ever that included spinal injury do...
Chances are 100%. Cos life is uncertain sir. We never know what happens next. I pray that nothing happens. But I think you should avoid such negative thoughts and enjoy the present stage of your life sir. Have a beautiful day ahead.
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Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery - Why Should You Go For It?

Dr. Madhu Thumu 89% (40 ratings)
MBBS, MS - Orthopaedics
Orthopedist, Hyderabad
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery - Why Should You Go For It?

The spine plays a very crucial role, both from a person’s movement and sensation point of view. It carries the nervous supply for a lot of internal organs and the lower body. By virtue of its structure, it also helps in movement through the disks. Due to various reasons, spinal injury is common, causing pain along the back, lower extremities, neck etc.

Medicines and exercise are the first line of treatment for most spinal injuries. The issue, however, is that these only provide relief from the pain and the medicines, but do not actually ‘rectify’ the underlying problem. Whether it is a herniated disk or a pinched nerve, the medicines and exercise can relieve the symptoms, but the disk continues to be herniated and the nerve continues to be pinched. Definite treatment is in the form of surgery, and with recent advancements in the field of spinal surgery, there are minimally invasive surgical options, which provide complete cure with minimal recovery time. Some of the benefits of this are listed below-

  1. Smaller incision compared to traditional surgical procedures, where only the injured area is accessed

  2. The surrounding tissues are untouched, unless they are injured and require repair

  3. Lesser bleeding compared to earlier techniques

  4. Lesser painful procedure

  5. Reduced hospitalization period

  6. Quicker recovery and return to normal activities

The question, however, is whether this is indicated in everybody. A detailed discussion with your surgeon keeping the below points in mind will help identify the answer for this. The main driver should be the answer to the question – will the surgery be able to effectively relieve you of the pain and symptoms? Additionally, the following factors help in getting better results out of a minimally invasive spinal surgery.

  1. Presence of symptoms relating to nerve compression, including pain from the spine down the leg.

  2. Recent onset of symptoms, with pain starting days to months before seeing the doctor. This indicates the condition is relatively new and so damage is minimal, indicating favorable outcome. Chronic pain conditions take slightly longer time compared to recent injuries.

  3. People with active lifestyle who engage in regular physical exercise are likely to have better benefits from the minimally invasive procedure.

  4. Smoking reduces blood flow to the spine, leading to disk degeneration and weakening of bones. Healing is highly slowed down and recovery is overall delayed.

  5. Excessive weight puts strain on the back, and so healing can be delayed or badly affected with more complications. It is not a contraindication, but be prepared for a longer recovery period.

Talk to your doctor keeping these points in mind, and you can bid farewell to your back pain forever. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Self Exercise Of Spine

Dr. Anuradha Sharma 92% (15967 ratings)
MPT - Orthopedic Physiotherapy, BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Noida
Self Exercise Of Spine

Physical discomfort with pain affecting the lower half of the back, varying in intensity from a dull ache to incapacitating. Common causes of this symptomlower back pain can have causes that aren't due to underlying disease. Examples include overuse such as working out or lifting too much, prolonged sitting and laying down, sleeping in an uncomfortable position, wearing a poorly fitting backpack or chiropractic manipulation.

Self-treatment: using hot or cold packs may help ease low back pain. Limited bed rest, followed by regular activity and gentle stretching exercises, may also help. While recovering, it's best to avoid sudden, painful movements. Seeking medical caremake an appointment to see a doctor if youfeel pain that's persistent or worsensdevelop pain that travels down one or both legshave weakness, numbness or tingling in one or both legsexperience swelling, redness or unintentional weight losscan't work, sleep or perform daily activitiessee a doctor immediately if youdevelop pain after a car accident, sports injury or other traumadevelop a feverhave trouble passing stool or urinating.

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Gymming Hard? What Should You Do To Protect Your Spine?

Dr. Bharani Kumar Dayanandam 87% (118 ratings)
MBBS, AFRCSI, FRCS - Trauma & Orthopedic
Orthopedist, Chennai
Gymming Hard? What Should You Do To Protect Your Spine?

The human spine is endowed with tremendous strength and flexibility, but it is also prone to severe injuries. Due to the presence of a vast network of nerves in the spinal cord, particularly in the lower region, injuries can become gravely complicated with a large scope for permanent damage. Heavy lifting, sudden movements and twisting can lead to spinal injuries and must be avoided while working out in the gym.

There are simple precautions that you can take to protect your spine from accidents and injuries while doing heavy lifts in the gym. Not only will these precautions ensure that your spine is protected from any harm, but they also yield a range of health benefits in the long run.

Following are a few precautions that can be taken from spinal protection:

 

  1. Check the object before lifting: It is important that you check the weight of the object before performing the lift. Test it out by pushing it with your hands or your feet very lightly to see how heavy it is and determine whether or not you should be lifting it.
  2. Perform a warm up exercise: This is one of the most essential factors for preventing exercise-related injuries. Pace around and stretch all your muscles before you start lifting. This will keep your muscles from suddenly stiffening or locking while you do the lift.
  3. Ensure that the weight is well balanced: Unbalanced weights greatly increase the risk of injury. You should always make sure that the weight you are lifting is evenly balanced on all sides and that the packing is proper so that it does not move around when you lift or have pieces falling off it.
  4. Maintain proper posture: One of the most important aspects of lifting in the right manner is to maintain proper body posture. You must always avoid arching your back or reaching out while you lift as that will surely lead to injury.
  5. Move slowly: Sudden jerks and movements are sure to lead to injury when lifting weights in the gym. Slow and smooth movements are recommended as they keep you from straining your muscles. There is no need to rush through your workout. Always avoid twisting while performing a lift.
  6. Create enough space: There has to be enough room all around you while you are lifting. This will ensure your safety while you are working out.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Osteoporotic Vertebral Fracture - What Causes It?

Dr. Harpreet Singh 85% (10 ratings)
MBBS, MS - Orthopaedics, Clinical Fellowship In Adult & Peadiatric Spine Surgery
Orthopedist, Kanpur
Osteoporotic Vertebral Fracture - What Causes It?

Osteoporotic vertebral fracture, also known as compression fracture, is a condition of the spine. The simplest way to detect the issue is by visiting a doctor when you feel pain in the back. Usually this pain is limited to the lower back, but with time, the discomfort may spread upward. Here is a look at some of the things you should know about the condition, if you have been diagnosed with the same.

Causes of Osteoporotic Vertebral Fracture
Several things may cause the condition. For instance, osteoporosis is a major contributing factor for such a fracture. Other causes for the disease include underlying conditions that can affect proper development of the bone. Furthermore, accidents are often responsible for such fractures. With age, men and women begin to lose bone density and end up with osteoporosis. At this stage of the condition, the bones become hollow and thus, they have a greater chance of fracture than a healthy bone.

Symptoms
Since it is a spinal fracture, affliction with such a condition will mean that much of your mobility and ability to do work diminishes. Here are some common symptoms of osteoporotic vertebral fracture aside from back pain-

  1. Pain increases when you walk or stand
  2. Such a fracture may decrease your height
  3. Trouble having to bend down and twist the body.
  4. Shoulders may stoop.
  5. Strain on the spine will increase the pain experienced and even lifting relatively lightweight objects may become difficult
  6. Lifting heavy items can be difficult and the pain may become too much to bear.

Treatment
Treatment depends on the cause of the condition. For instance, if the compression fracture results from osteoporosis, doctors will prescribe medication for the pain and the underlying osteoporosis as well. The pain can last for anywhere between a few weeks to a month or even longer. Certain medications are used to provide relief from some of the pain.

Apart from the medication, doctors may also advice certain lifestyle changes. For instance, bed rest is recommended to patients during such a fracture. However, osteoporosis patients should ensure not to stay in this inactive state for a long period, as their condition may worsen.

In acute cases of compression fractures in the spine, patients may need to undergo a surgical procedure in order to find relief from the discomfort and pain. Vertebroplasty, spinal fusion surgery and kyphoplasty, are the three common surgeries used to rectify the compression fracture. While Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty are minimally invasive procedures, spinal fusion surgery is a complicated treatment, which is usually the last resort.

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery - Who Should Actually Go For It?

Dr. Saravanan Manoharan 87% (10 ratings)
MS - Orthopaedics, MBBS
Orthopedist, Chennai
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery - Who Should Actually Go For It?

The spine plays a very crucial role, both from a person’s movement and sensation point of view. It carries the nervous supply for a lot of internal organs and the lower body. By virtue of its structure, it also helps in movement through the disks. Due to various reasons, spinal injury is common, causing pain along the back, lower extremities, neck etc.

Medicines and exercise are the first line of treatment for most spinal injuries. The issue, however, is that these only provide relief from the pain and the medicines, but do not actually ‘rectify’ the underlying problem. Whether it is a herniated disk or a pinched nerve, the medicines and exercise can relieve the symptoms, but the disk continues to be herniated and the nerve continues to be pinched. Definite treatment is in the form of surgery, and with recent advancements in the field of spinal surgery, there are minimally invasive surgical options, which provide complete cure with minimal recovery time. Some of the benefits of this are listed below-

  1. Smaller incision compared to traditional surgical procedures, where only the injured area is accessed

  2. The surrounding tissues are untouched, unless they are injured and require repair

  3. Lesser bleeding compared to earlier techniques

  4. Lesser painful procedure

  5. Reduced hospitalization period

  6. Quicker recovery and return to normal activities

The question, however, is whether this is indicated in everybody. A detailed discussion with your surgeon keeping the below points in mind will help identify the answer for this. The main driver should be the answer to the question – will the surgery be able to effectively relieve you of the pain and symptoms? Additionally, the following factors help in getting better results out of a minimally invasive spinal surgery.

  1. Presence of symptoms relating to nerve compression, including pain from the spine down the leg.

  2. Recent onset of symptoms, with pain starting days to months before seeing the doctor. This indicates the condition is relatively new and so damage is minimal, indicating favorable outcome. Chronic pain conditions take slightly longer time compared to recent injuries.

  3. People with active lifestyle who engage in regular physical exercise are likely to have better benefits from the minimally invasive procedure.

  4. Smoking reduces blood flow to the spine, leading to disk degeneration and weakening of bones. Healing is highly slowed down and recovery is overall delayed.

  5. Excessive weight puts strain on the back, and so healing can be delayed or badly affected with more complications. It is not a contraindication, but be prepared for a longer recovery period.

Talk to your doctor keeping these points in mind, and you can bid farewell to your back pain forever.

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Spinal Cord Injury Prevention - Know What Can Be Helpful!

Dr. Ravindra Srivastava 89% (28 ratings)
M.Ch, MS, MBBS
Neurosurgeon, Greater Noida
Spinal Cord Injury Prevention - Know What Can Be Helpful!

A spinal cord injury is a damage to the spinal cord. It’s an extremely serious type of physical trauma that’s likely to have a lasting and significant impact on most aspects of daily life.

The spinal cord is responsible for sending messages from the brain to all parts of the body. It also sends messages from the body to the brain. We are able to perceive pain and move our limbs because of messages sent through the spinal cord.

If the spinal cord sustains an injury, some or all of these impulses may not be able to ‘get through’. The result is a complete or total loss of sensation and mobility below the injury. A spinal cord injury closer to the neck will typically cause paralysis throughout a larger part of the body than one in the lower back area.

Causes-

A spinal cord injury is often the result of an unpredictable accident or violent event. The following can all result in damage to the spinal cord:

  • a violent attack such as a stabbing or a gunshot
  • diving into water that’s too shallow and hitting the bottom
  • trauma during a car accident (specifically, trauma to the face, head and neck region, back, or chest area)
  • falling from a significant height
  • head or spinal injuries during sporting events
  • electrical accidents
  • severe twisting of the middle portion of the torso

Symptoms

Some symptoms of a spinal cord injury include:

  1. Problem in walking
  2. Loss of control of the bladder or bowels
  3. Inability to move the arms or legs
  4. Feelings numbness or tingling in the extremities
  5. Unconsciousness
  6. Headache
  7. Pain, pressure, stiffness in the back or neck area
  8. Signs of shock
  9. Unnatural positioning of the head

If you suspect that someone has a back or neck injury:

  • Don’t move the injured person – permanent paralysis and other serious complications may result
  • Keep the person still
  • Place heavy towels on both sides of the neck or hold the head and neck to prevent them from moving until emergency care arrives
  • Provide basic first aid, such as stopping any bleeding and making the person comfortable, without moving the head or neck

Prevention-

Because spinal cord injuries are often due to unpredictable events, the best you can do is reduce your risk.

 Some risk-reducing measures include:

  1. always wearing a seatbelt while in a car
  2. wearing proper protective gear while playing sports
  3. never diving into water unless you’ve examined it first to make sure it’s deep enough and free of rocks

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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