Slipped Disc – When Your Back Hurts

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Slipped disc is a pain that goes by many names. Anyone who has had or is currently experiencing this condition knows that it is something that has potential to stick with you for the rest of your life. It is often called herniated, bulged, ruptured, prolapsed, pinched nerve and most importantly painful. It is a common complaint that patients become confused as doctors and other medical staff use different terms listed above to describe the slipped disc. There are differences but even the most experienced medical professional would likely explain them with confusing medical jargon since they are all so similar. Just know that injury or trauma is ninety percent of the cause of this condition.

Imagine, if you will, a set of lego toys built up one on top of the other. There are two different colors and every other lego is a vertebrae or the squishy disc that protects the vertebrae. There is a lot of damage that could be done to those legos, but if viewed through a black and white screen. It may be hard to recognize whether it is the vertebrae or the corresponding discs in between. This is why there are so many names, and they are used interchangeably.

It appears that doctors have as many ideas for treating the condition as there are names. Studies have not yet provided one cure that is better than the other. The problem is that we are dealing with a sensitive spine and any wrong move can cause paralyzation, or even death. The problem occurs when one of the vertebrae discs is not in place. When the discs are out of place it can interrupt the flow of normal spinal fluid, blood flow, and normal daily functions. When it pinches a nerve, the body reacts and sends cellular repair cells to correct it. The repair cells usually cause inflammation which can also interfere with daily activities.

There are two distinct types of pain when dealing with this issue. One of the issues is when the disc is not in place, but the disc is not what is causing the pain. The pain is caused by pinching a nerve, and this can radiate to other parts of the body. This pain is often referred to as sciatica. The second pain that comes out is when the disc is not in place and the disc is the source of pain. Usually this type of pain will surround the afflicted disc. These conditions can happen anywhere in the back. However, they appear to be the most common in the lower back pain area since that is the area of the back that carries the most weight.

Diagnosing such a condition is done quickly since this is something that will usually show up on an x-ray. The unfortunate part of this scenario is that treatment is lacking. The exercises recommended are weak and usually take years to fully strengthen the back enough. During that time the patient is likely to experience a severe amount of pain. They will also experience great limitations in daily activities. Without surgery to correct the issue, the only real relief for the pain comes in pharmaceuticals.

 

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