Back pain can be one of the most debilitating pains for a person to experience. The reason for this is, that so much movement is controlled within the spinal column. Therefore, it is only natural that back pain can seriously deter a person’s life. So what causes back pain? The most common cause of back pain is a slipped disc. Slipped discs occur in a larger number of the population than most would think. The reason behind it is that slipped discs are quite easy to obtain. Here are some of the causes of slipped discs.
• Car accidents: When two large pieces of fiberglass traveling at a minimum speed of 35 miles per hour collide, someone is going to get hurt. The reason slipped discs occur so often from car accidents is that when a car is hit the driver usually jerks forward. If that person’s neck flops around, then a slipped disk in the neck is likely to occur.
• Falls: When a person falls, they are traveling at a high rate of speed. When the ground stops them, it is normally a sudden abrupt halt. The impact can causes discs in a person’s back or neck to slip.
• Work that is extremely physical: This cause is not one that occurs instantly, but rather over a period of time. Bodies wear out over time. So the longer a body is exposed to prolonged physical labor, the greater chance they will have of acquiring a slipped disc.
So what are the symptoms of a slipped disc? Most people would think that pain would be the number one symptom; however, that is not the case. In certain ethnic groups, slipped discs are quite common, yet they are unnoticed because of a lack of pain. This does not rule pain out completely as a symptom; it just moves it lower on the list. The symptoms of a slipped disc can often indicate where the slipped disc is located. Generally, if a person is experiencing pain from a slipped disc it means that the slipped disc is located in the nerve roots, the spinal column, or the cauda equina (lower back). Depending on which of the three sections the slipped disc is located in the symptoms will include pain followed by:
• paralysis of the lower extremities
• spasms in legs and arms
• temporary loss of feeling in arms and legs
• loss of bladder (and in some cases) bowel control
If symptoms of a slipped disc start to occur, then it is time to look into treatment options. The most qualified person to help with treatment options is a doctor. A doctor will be able to diagnose where the slipped disc is located, not to mention the best course of treatment options. Like many other illnesses, surgery is usually considered a last resort. Some of the other options available are bed rest, painkillers, physical therapy, and chiropractic treatment.
While a slipped disc can be a painful experience, it does not have to be a life-ending dilemma. Identifying the symptoms early on and finding the right form of therapy will go a long way towards healing. All it takes is commitment from the individual, and a strong desire to get well.