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Herniated Discs

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What Are Herniated Discs?

Herniated discs, also known as slipped or ruptured discs, occur when the soft cushion-like discs between the vertebrae in the spine rupture or bulge out of place. These discs serve as shock absorbers and provide flexibility to the spine. A herniated disc can result from age-related wear and tear, injury, or excessive strain on the spine.

Indications Of Herniated Discs

The symptoms of a herniated disc can vary depending on the location and severity of the herniation. Common symptoms include pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness that radiates from the back down to the arms or legs. If the herniated disc is in the lower back (lumbar spine), it can cause symptoms in the buttocks, legs, and feet, known as sciatica. In the neck (cervical spine), it can lead to pain and discomfort in the shoulders, arms, and hands.

Diagnosis of a herniated disc typically involves a physical examination, a review of medical history, and imaging tests such as X-rays, MRI, or CT scans to confirm the location and extent of the herniation. A healthcare professional, usually an orthopedic specialist or a spine specialist, will assess the symptoms and recommend appropriate treatment options.

Treatments For Herniated Discs

Treatment for a herniated disc may involve conservative measures such as rest, pain medication, physical therapy, and the use of braces or supports to provide stability and relieve pressure on the affected area. In more severe cases or when conservative treatments do not provide relief, interventions such as epidural steroid injections or surgery may be considered.

The goal of treatment is to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and improve the function and mobility of the spine. Rehabilitation and preventive measures, such as regular exercise, maintaining proper posture, and practicing safe lifting techniques, can also help manage symptoms and prevent further disc herniation.

It is important to consult with a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan tailored to individual needs. They can provide guidance on managing symptoms, preventing future disc problems, and improving overall spinal health.


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