Different Symptoms of a Ruptured Lumbar Disc

Vertebral or lumbar discs are hard plates located between the vertebrae that act as shock absorbers during movement and there are actually five of them that run from the bottom part of the rib cage down to the buttocks.

A ruptured lumbar disc can occur when the soft layer inside sticks out through the outer layer and compresses the nerves in the spinal cord. There are symptoms that you should look for in a ruptured lumbar disc. These are the following:

• Painful lower back
• Numbness
• Tingling sensation
• Pain in the buttocks down to the feet
• Pain during movement or straining (coughing or sneezing)
• Uncontrollable urination and bowel

Below are different causes and factors of a ruptured lumbar disc:

• Aging
• Injuries causing trauma to the spine
• Wearing of the spine from working (lifting heavy objects most of the time)
• Excessively overweight (obesity)
• Improper or poor body posture

Studies show that smoking increases risks of having a ruptured lumbar disc and also slows down its healing process.

Below are different tests performed to diagnose a ruptured lumbar disc:

• X-rays
• Computed tomography (CT) scan
• Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
• Myelogram
• Electromyogram
• Nerve studies

The objective of treating a ruptured lumbar disc is to lessen the pain and alleviate nerve irritation. Most cases of a ruptured lumbar disc heal without undergoing a surgery in 3 to 6 weeks. However, it will still require some treatments to recover. Below are different non-surgical treatments of a ruptured lumber disc: