This is part 2 of our series on all about slipped discs. In part 1, I talked about what a slipped disc is and if you haven’t read it yet I recommend you go and read it first by clicking here.
So what causes ones disc to so call “slip”?
As we found out in the first blog the correct term for a slipped disc is in fact a disc herniation and you may be surprised to know that they are very common over the age of 21. In fact, a lot adults will have some form of disc herniation but may not have any pain.
The main reason they become painful is when the inner part of the disc protrudes out and presses on a nerve which can send sharp pain down your leg. If someone has a disc protrusion but it not affecting any nerves, then they normally carry on with no problems what so ever.
Discs can protrude from excessive pressure placed on the disc and this happen from lifting something heavy, been very overweight or moving in such a way that puts too much force through the back. The last one is something that I see quite regularly in the clinic and one that can be helped with physio sessions.
The good news is that a disc herniations can heal quit well and the material that protrudes out of the disc can be absorbed back in by the body. Very often, surgery is not even necessary and it always good to get another opinion if the first option and only you are given is surgery.
Of course, there can be more serious cases that do require surgery intervention and if you have any numbness around the pelvis area or down your legs, loss of bowel of bladder function and a very strong pain in your back or down your legs then you need to go hospital to get checked out for Cauda Equina Syndrome.
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