What is a Torn Disc?
A Torn Disc (often called slipped, ruptured, or herniated disc) describes the condition by which the center nucleus, an inner-gel like substance of the discs of the lower back, pushes outside the disc and then toward the spinal canal because of a tear.
Torn Disc Causes:
When any sort of mistreatment or extra strain of pressure is placed onto the spine, a tear can occur. This can happen by injuries from exercising (running, sports) injuries caused by accidents that cause the spine to compress and eventually rupture. As always, with age comes the possibility of a torn disc as well. The spinal cord only weakens over time, making it more susceptible to a tear or rupture.
Torn Disc Symptoms:
The easiest and most common indicator of a possible torn disc is extreme pain in the neck, spine, lower back, hips and legs (all depending on where the tear is). As you get older, the water inside your spine begins to dry up, causing severe stiffness and cramping for people with torn discs. Reoccurring muscle spasms and tingling is also likely to occur. Because the spine is such an inclusive part of your entire body, this pain could manifest anywhere from your neck down to your feet.
Torn Disc Treatment:
Torn Discs can fall on either side of the symptom spectrum. For some, the possibility of living with a torn or ruptured disc and not even being aware of it is extremely common, because there are no symptoms at all, whereas others might suffer from excruciating pain throughout their entire lives. Torn discs are not life threatening, and can often be treated with simple things like hot and cold compressors, exercise, over-the-counter pain medications, and plenty of rest. Letting your spine ease into activity is important when you suffer from a torn disc. This will help keep pain at a minimum, and the spine will know how to react when pain does occur.
Surgical treatment is only necessary for about 10 percent of patients. For rarer cases that are more intensive and cause unbearable pain, simple non-invasive procedures can be done. At West Medical, our physicians specialize in making sure you no longer suffer daily pain from torn and ruptured discs, and we can offer a number of different procedures to help ease the pain that comes with the condition.
Don't go another day suffering from the pain and discomfort of a torn disc. At West Medical, we're happy to treat your condition with the best medical attention we have to offer. For more information on a torn disc, call West Medical at (855) 690-0565.We are here to help.
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