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What leads to herniated discs and treatment for a herniated disc?

By Admin | November 10, 2022

Our spinal column comprises a series of bones that are stacked onto each other. These bones are cushioned by discs that protect them by absorbing shocks from daily activities like walking, lifting and twisting. Each disc has two parts: a soft gelatinous inner portion and a tough outer ring. Any injury or weakness can cause the inner portion of the disc to stick out of the outer ring which is known as slipped, herniated or prolapsed disc.

Slipped disc can cause pain and discomfort and if it compresses one of your spinal nerves then you may also experience numbness and pain along with the affected nerve. This condition can occur in any part of the spine but usually, it occurs in the lower back. Many people often have no symptoms from a herniated disk and for people who do have symptoms, their condition tends to improve with time. Slipped disc usually does not require surgery unless one’s condition is severe.

What are the signs and symptoms of a slipped disc?

The signs and symptoms of a slipped disc include:

● Numbness and pain on one side of the body

● Pain in arms and legs

● Pain that worsens at night or with certain body movements like standing or sitting

● Pain and muscle weakness while walking short distances

● Burning sensations, tingling or aching in affected areas

The type of pain often varies from person to person and one must visit a doctor if their pain results in numbness or tingling that is affecting their ability to control their muscles.

What causes slipped discs?

Slip discs can happen with age because with age discs tend to lose some of their protective water content due to which they can slip more easily out of place. This is more common in men than women. Certain motions like twisting, turning or lifting an object too can cause...(More)

For more info please read, What leads to herniated discs and treatment for a herniated disc?, by Modern Ghana

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