Ruptured Disc Treatment

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Ruptured Disc Treatment, Symptoms and Causes

You will need ruptured disc treatment if you have a herniated or a ruptured disc. Also called a slipped disc, ruptured disc will make regular daily activities difficult if not intolerable.

Pain that shoots down your thigh or radiating back pain may be a sign that you have a ruptured disc and will need to get treatment for this immediately.

The spine is composed of vertebrae or bones which are protected by small cartilage pads that are oval-shaped. These consist of a soft inner layer, also known as the nucleus, and a tough outer layer called the annulus.

A herniated disc occurs when the small nucleus portion pushes out through an annulus tear and ends up in the spinal canal. This irritates your nerves and results in numbness, back weakness and pain in your arms, legs or back.

With ruptured disc treatment, herniated discs do get better. It is not always necessary for you to have to go through surgery, as was traditionally the norm. There are people who have ruptured discs and do not every realize it.

Bulges in your discs sometimes show up on images of people’s spines that do not have any of the symptoms present. For some, discs that are herniated can be painful. The most common symptoms are as follows.

Pain that worsens in your leg or lower back especially when you sneeze, cough or sit is one symptom that you most probably have a slipped disc. Weakness, numbness and pain in your lower back, arm, chest, shoulder or neck is another indication of a possible slipped disc.

Another symptom is aching, radiant pain called “sciatica” which includes numbness and tingling beginning form your buttocks all the way down the side or the back of one or both legs.

If you have been in bed for one week, or have had difficulty doing your normal activities, it is a good idea for you to consult your physician for an evaluation and get ruptured disc treatment if necessary.

Back pain interferes with normal daily activities and this can be very disheartening, especially when it has lasted for weeks. Pain and disability does usually improve in about six weeks for those who are able to not injure it further.

Keep in mind that you need to see a doctor immediately if you develop numbness in your legs, if the pain increases rather than decreasing or stays the same over a period of time. Immediate treatment is also needed if you lose control of your bowels or your bladder.

What are the different factors that affect your susceptibility to getting a ruptured disc?

One factor is smoking. Cigarettes and other tobacco products are known to decrease the levels of blood oxygen, thus depriving your body of necessary nutrients.
Excess weight can also cause a ruptured disc since the added weight does stress out the lower discs in the back.
Believe it or not being tall is also a risk factor in getting a slipped disc.
People that are involved in occupations that puts strain on their spine such as repetitive bending, pushing, pulling or lifting and even twisting will increase their chances of rupturing their discs.
Age is another factor since ruptured discs are more common for people who are in their middle age and older.

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