Spinal Disc Problems
In recent years, the prevalence of spinal disc problems has become a source of worry for many doctors around the world. Spinal disc problems used to be rare conditions and were only diagnosed in people who were subjected to severe trauma. Today, even people who work in offices and live a largely sedentary lifestyle are not safe from the risk of spinal disc problems, particularly those that involve a herniated disc in the back or neck.
A spinal disc problem often starts to manifest itself when the patient begins to feel pain in various areas of the spinal column. The most common begins at the lower back but cases involving the area just below the neck are also well documented. When the pain begins to manifest, this is often an indication that there is already a problem, particularly in the physical structure of the back. Doctors recommend early reporting of the symptoms at the onset of pain as opposed to waiting for the condition to worsen before deciding to do something about it.
The case of a herniated disc occurs when one or more of the vertebral discs that protect the spine protrude or have gel leakage because of misuse or age. A likely consequence of this, and most often the cause of the pain, is that the problem vertebral disc presses on the nerve roots in the area. When this happens, the nerve senses the pressure and signals it to the brain as pain. Over time, as the condition worsens, the pain becomes more severe and is felt throughout the day signaling that the extent of herniation is already at that state where it can lead to herniated disc back surgery if left unchecked.
The improved understanding of a herniated disc has allowed doctors to postulate that the growing number of people with spinal disc problems can be traced to a weakening of the back muscles which hold the discs in place. The advent of the corporate workplace has actually exacerbated this condition, contrary to popular belief that those with minimal physical exertion in their work should be less likely to develop a herniated disc. The fact that corporate office workers get little exercise means that the back muscles are weaker than in those who are involved in “back-breaking” work, hence as the back muscles weaken because of age, the threshold for giving way to a herniated disc is much lower.
Treatment typically involves a combination of pain relievers, exercise, rest and therapy. Chiropractors can also perform “adjustments” to affected muscles by using established methods to re-align the herniated disc and alleviate the stress. Only in cases where the diagnosis is considered severe is surgery considered. In these instances, doctors may opt to shave a portion of the disc that is protruding out, or altogether decide to remove the disc to take away the cause of the discomfort.
The severity and risks associated with the treatment options for spinal disc problems mean that it is important to report the condition early rather than suffer through the nasty side effects of the condition. Early reporting of spinal disc problems significantly lowers one’s likelihood for surgery and improves one’s chances for a complete recovery. It also helps arrest the condition in its early stages and prevents the patient from having to deal with intense, debilitating pain while dealing with the condition.
Back pain should not be easily dismissed as this can be the sign of more serious spinal disc problems. If you are feeling pain in your back today, see a doctor so the proper diagnosis and treatment can be adopted to remedy your condition.