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What is a Slipped Disc?

A slipped disc, also known as a herniated disc, happens when the soft inner core of a disc, called the nucleus pulposus, pushes through the tough outer layer, called the annulus fibrosus. While most slipped discs occur in the lower back, it can also happen in the neck. However, no matter where it takes place, this condition can put pressure on nearby nerves, leading to pain, numbness, or weakness in the affected area.

What are the Treatments for Slipped Disc?

What are the Non-Surgical Treatments?

A physiotherapist can draw up a personalised treatment plan tailored to each individual’s condition. The treatment may include a combination of physical activities that are performed to reduce stiffness, restore mobility, and alleviate pain.

 
 

This may include modifying the individual’s workspaces to become more ergonomic and reduce the risk of placing pressure on the affected area. It can also include engaging in regular physical activity to strengthen muscles supporting the spine and improve flexibility and mobility.

Neuropathic drugs work to reduce the electrical activity in affected nerves to alleviate pain.

Opioid medications are strong painkillers that may be prescribed in cases of severe pain that do not respond to other treatments. However, due to the risk of dependence and side effects, opioids are generally not recommended for long-term use. Its use must also be under the supervision of a doctor.

What are the Surgical Treatments?

This surgical procedure involves removing the portion of the herniated disc that is pressing on the nerve root or spinal cord. A small incision is made, and specialised instruments are used to remove the disc material. Microdiscectomy is a minimally invasive technique that aims to reduce damage to surrounding tissues and aid in recovery.

 
 

In this procedure, the damaged disc is removed and replaced with an artificial disc. It is recommended for individuals with a single-level disc herniation who have not responded to conservative treatments.

How Can You Prevent a Slipped Disc?

Being overweight can increase the strain placed on the discs in your spine, as they struggle to carry the extra weight. If you are diagnosed with a slipped disc, carrying excess weight can cause further damage and slow the healing process. Maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise can not only reduce the pressure placed on your spine but also improve your overall health.

When it comes to lowering the risk of slipped discs, using proper lifting techniques is crucial. We may naturally bend down and use our backs to lift an item, but doing so strains our spine and increases the chances of strains.

 

Here are the steps to properly lift a heavy object:

 

  • Position yourself close to the object and stand with your feet shoulder-width apart to give your body a base of support.
  • Bend your knees and keep your back straight.
  • Hold the object close to your body and lift using your leg muscles.
  • Don’t twist and turn while lifting and pivot your feet to turn your whole body if needed.
  • To set the object down, bend your knees and squat while keeping your back straight.

Ensure the object has full contact with the surface before letting go.

If you are in the midst of an activity and your back and/or neck begin to ache or feel strained, take a break. Continuing the activity could risk developing a slipped disc as well as other injuries. It is important to listen to your body's signals and avoid pushing yourself beyond your physical limits.

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Are You or Your Loved Ones Suffering from a Slipped Disc?

A slipped disc can cause pain, numbness, and other sensations of discomfort for you and your loved ones. Book an appointment at Avant Orthopaedics for a consultation and receive recommendations for suited treatments.

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