Herniated Disc RX
Herniated disc is commonly known as Slipped disc, and is a condition in which there is a tear in the outer fibrous ring of an intervertebral disc. This causes the soft central portion of the otherwise protected spine to bulge out of the damaged disc. Disc herniations are an extension to an ignored disc protrusion. One can easily avoid this condition if one takes the necessary preventive measures. If the condition gets serious undergoing surgery is the only option. The popularly used term Slip Disc is a misnomer as the spinal discs are firmly attached in between the vertebrae and cannot get out of place.
Signs and Symptoms
It is not easy to detect a Herniated Disc; the patient often experiencesparesthesia, muscular weakness or acute pain in the knees, thighs, and feet. Also, one suffering from Herniated disc might feel numbness or motor changes. One must get one self-examined by a medical practitioner if the one begins to show such signs and symptoms. The causes might be due to aging or a degenerative disc disease or both.
Detection of Herniated Disc
The diagnosis of a Herniated Disc can be done by a thorough physical examination and imaging techniques like X-Rays, CT-Scan, MRI, Myelogram or by Nerve Conduction Studies.
Treatment of Herniated Disc
The pain caused due to Lumbar and Cervical Herniated discs can be ameliorated with the help of focused pain relief methods like physical therapy or taking in analgesics. If these conservative methods are successful, then a patient is suggested to continue with these conservative non-surgical treatments but if the problem persists a surgery is an option available to get rid of the condition. The surgery involves removal of the disc. Surgery is doneonly if there is no effect of the conservative treatments on the condition.
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