Back pain is the most common reason to miss work and the second most common reason to see a medical doctor, affecting 80% of people in their lives. Read on to find out why slipped disc happens, exercises for slipped disc, and other treatments for a long term solution.
What is slipped disc?
Back pain is the most common reason to miss work and the second most common reason to see a medical doctor, affecting 80% of people in their lives. In many cases this worsens and results in injury to the disc (known as a slipped disc), where patients experience symptoms such as pain, tingling, numbness or weakness in the leg and foot. Read on to find out why this happens, exercises for slipped disc and other treatments to solve this problem long term.
why does slipped disc happen?
The damage may start from various reasons, most commonly:
– This could be from sports, falls, accidents or car crashes. All forms put the body under trauma and cause physical damage.
Repetitive stress – bending, sitting for long periods or standing for long times can result in symptoms of slipped disc; exercises in the gym may also cause symptoms.
What causes the slipped disc symptoms?
how does this lead to a slipped disc and symptoms in my legs?
The spine is made up of bones separated by discs. This gives the body strength and keeps the bones apart so the nerves can pass to the muscles and organs. The nerves in the lower back pass the information to the legs. This tells them how to move, walk and feel. If the nerves are pinched, it will affect how the legs feel and function.
So, the problem is the joints in the lower back?
In some cases, yes; especially if there is a direct injury like a fall or accident. However, a lot of times the problem starts in the neck, particularly if the pain started from a minor movement with no direct injury. This may sound strange given how far away the neck is from the low back and legs. The disc in the lower back gets compressed, pinching the nerves, causing leg pain.
But what causes the disc to get compressed?
The top of the neck is the foundation for the spine; this may seem a bit upside-down, but is because the brain is at the top. If there is a problem at the top (termed a Subluxation), the rest of the body will compensate to fix it. This will result in a change in shape in the spine, effecting all the way down to the low back, causing slipped discs and pain in the legs.
What about slipped disc in neck?
Slipped disc in neck can also occur. This will cause similar symptoms, but will be in the neck, head, shoulders, arms, hands and fingers instead of the low back and legs. This is because the nerves from the neck supply information to these areas, connecting them to the brain. If there is a slipped disc in neck it can cause pain, tingling, numbness, weakness or cramps in these areas. If it affects the cranial nerves it can also cause dizziness and effect visceral functions.
TRIGGERS for slipped disc
Common triggers or risk factors for slipped disc include:
1. Physical trauma
Bending, sitting, standing for long periods. Unless there is a direct injury to the low back, these are all triggers but not causes.
Mental and emotional stress can increase the workload for the brain, with less capacity to heal. Stress can also result in poor posture which trigger slipped disc.
Exercises with the body out of balance will cause the muscles to tighten, compressing the nerves and causing a slipped disc.
HOW IS slipped disc DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis for slipped disc is via medical history taken by a practitioner, x-ray and MRI. The discs are a soft tissue, so are better seen on MRI than x-ray. X-ray or CT scan may be taken for diagnosis of bony changes or other pathologies. However, studies have shown that a slipped disc may be present without any symptoms.
Research suggests up to 50% of the adult population have at least one slipped disc, if not more
There may be no symptoms due to the majority of nerves serving autonomic functions, such as digestion, heart rate and immune response.
CURRENT TREATMENT FOR slipped disc
Traditionally the prescribed treatment was medication (such as muscle relaxants and pain killers) and rest. In worse cases Doctors may suggest surgery on the disc or surrounding bones. This is a last-case scenario and should only be done after exhausting all other approaches or in cases of emergency.
surgery FOR SLIPPED DISC?
How about slipped disc exercises?
How can chiropractic help slipped disc?
This gives patients a solution for slipped disc by addressing the cause, rather than the area of symptoms.
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