A slipped disc occurs when one of the cartilage discs between the vertebrae in the spine swells or bulges. While many people have slipped discs without any symptoms or pain, it can be a very painful condition for others. The disc bulge typically occurs in the lower back area and results from weakened tissue surrounding it. Heavy physical labor or some other sort of trauma is often the cause of a slipped disc.
So now that you know a little about what a slipped disc is you might want to know a bit about how to detect it as well as slipped disc treatment. It is always best to consult a doctor when you suspect you have a medical condition, but it does not hurt to do a little reading ahead of time. This way you are better prepared to understand the possible treatment options you may be faced with upon seeing a doctor.
The symptoms of a slipped disc may not even present themselves, however, if you are over 40 and are experiencing single muscle paralysis, pain or dulled feeling in the arms and or legs you may have a slipped disc. Bladder control may also be a symptom due to the pressure that the slipped disc is causing on your spinal cord and lower back area. The first part in slipped disc treatment is diagnosis. Doctors begin diagnosis with a look at medical history and a physical exam. If a slipped disc is suspected, it must be confirmed through a CT scan, MRI scan or myelography, which is a spinal cord injection. An accurate diagnosis is important before a doctor can begin slipped disc treatment.
Slipped disc treatment typically begins with a combination of bed-rest and painkillers. This will allow the inflammation to go down. The hope is that it will take care of itself given time and care. If this treatment doesn’t work, then other options are available including physiotherapy. Chiropractic care may also be a treatment option for slipped disc treatment. Depending on the severity of the slipped disc, the doctor will make recommendations for any combination of these possible treatments. Doctors like to make sure that all options are covered before considering surgery. In extreme cases, surgery might be necessary as the first treatment option but for most mild to moderate cases bed rest, painkillers and physiotherapy and chiropractic visits may result in effective treatment.
Surgery is viewed as a final option because it is obviously higher risk than the other options. Often a slipped disc means that you have put too much stress on your back and need to give it rest. Take precautions when you approach tasks that you know may strain your back. Knowing your limits as you get on in age can often prevent problems such as slipped discs, however, if you do end up in this situation, the most effective treatment may simply be rest. It is always best to be equipped with the knowledge of treatment options before you see a doctor so that you can make an informed decision that you are comfortable with when the time comes.