Invasive And Non-Invasive Ruptured Disc Treatments
Posted Oct 02 2011 7:07am
If you have persistent back pain which does not respond to anti-inflammatory drugs or pain killers, you may have a more significant problem than a simple ache or strain. It is important that you get an accurate diagnosis as soon as possible because if you have a bulging disc treatment may be needed before it causes severe symptoms. A herniated disc, often mistakenly referred to as slipped, is a serious spinal injury and is extremely painful.
Commonly the lumbar region is the region causing the most problems. Incorrect lifting puts strain on the lower back muscles and vertebrae. In order to prevent muscle strain it is important to maintain good core muscle tone in the stomach area, and adopt good posture.
If you have a herniated disc, there are any number of symptoms that you might experience depending on the severity and location. Sciatica or sharp pains running from the hip trough the leg is one of the most common. Tingling in the hands or feet, general pain radiating across the lower back, a lack of strength in the arms and legs can also be signs of a bulging disc . In the most severe cases, incontinence and paralysis can occur.
The spine is made up of vertebrae which are separated by little cushions that prevent them grinding together. These little cushions are made up of a hard outer shell with a softer jelly like center. When the outer shell cracks the jelly inside pushes at the crack and instead of a smooth circle there is a bobble which can push into the numerous nerves which run up the center of the spine.
Depending on which nerves are affected the pain can appear to be in numerous parts of the body. If the bulge becomes very large and presses on the spinal chord, this is when loss of bladder control and paralysis can occur. It is vital that the exact size and location of the herniation is pinpointed prior to treatment.
One way to treat minor herniations is with anti-inflammatory drugs combined with exercises to squeeze the bulge back into place. Yoga, physiotherapy and osteopathy may all be helpful combined with the drugs. Manipulation of the spine can only be performed once the tense muscles which are protecting the damaged area have been relaxed. Following a treatment it is important to maintain good posture with an arch in the back as much as possible to keep the disc in position while the split heals. Wearing a posture brace which supports and aligns the spine is often recommended in the early stages of treatment.
In severe cases surgery may be required to remove the problematic disc. A discectomy or microdiscectomy can take pressure off the spinal cord but it often requires the vertebrae to be fused. This will help in the short term but in the future the problem can recur further up the spine. Surgery is a radical option that should only be undertaken upon the advice of a back specialist.
The most important factor before starting any bulging disc treatment it to be sure of where the damage is and how severe. Normal X-rays rarely show sufficient when the disc is herniated. MRI scans are much more accurate at revealing the extent of the damage.
When you are experiencing back pain, your doctor could find bulging discs. The bulging disc treatment can be both non-surgical and surgical form.