What is a Ruptured Disc?
A ruptured disc is exactly what it sounds like, a rupture in any of the discs of the spine. This can happen anywhere along the spine, but is most common in the lower back. People refer to a ruptured disk as a herniated disc, slipped disc, or bulging disc. Though generally the same thing, some specific differences make it important to correctly identify the condition.
Ruptured Disc Causes:
Circumstances like disease, injury to the spine directly, and aging are known causes of a ruptured disc. When the spine is in a situation where the disc, which is surrounded by the nucleus pulpous, is unable to move like normal (because of disease, injury and aging) it causes the nucleus of the disc to be pushed away from its normal placement and into the spine. As the nucleus ages, as does the liquid inside causing it to dry up, making movement more difficult. Most spinal issues have the same general cause; wear and tear from day-to-day activities progressively through one’s lifespan. When pressure is put onto a spine that is weak, the chance of a rupture is very likely. Ruptures can also occur from improper and improper movements like twisting, lifting and unsuspected heavy pressure to the lower back. Ruptured discs are also closely related to sports injuries.
Ruptured Disc Symptoms:
- Pain in the lower back and through towards feet
- Spasms and noticeable weakness of muscles
- Stiffness, numbness, or sharp tingling
- If you notice a change in bowel movements, it is extremely vital that you seek emergency attention ASAP
Ruptured Disc Treatments:
Most treatments for a ruptured disc are meant to alleviate pain and discomfort. This can be as simple as resting more or taking medications like Tylenol and Advil as needed. It’s important that you practice home remedies and therapies, because most cases of a ruptured disc have no noticeable symptoms, and those that do are not invasive to your life. Practice a healthy diet and implement more exercise into your everyday activities to ease the pain from the ruptured disc. You may seek a chiropractor for more options of treatment as well.
Most ruptured disc diagnoses do not require surgery of any sort. But when they do, West Medical’s physicians have developed an all effective, minimally invasive procedure to help with the pain of a ruptured disc.
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