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Slipped Disc

 

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Spinal discs are found between the vertebrae and their main function is to keep the spine flexible, absorb shocks that occurs during running or jumping. A slipped disc, also known as displaced, prolapsed or herniated disc, is a condition when a disc in the spine ruptures and the gel of the disc leaks out. There are three types of slipped disc:

               Prolapse                         Extrusion                 Sequestration

Age is a factor for an increased chance of a herniated disc as the elasticity and water content of nucleus pulposus decreasing with age.1

Regardless of whether the tissue is deformed or has leaked out of the disc, a slipped disc presses the nerves and causes pain.


“Age is a factor for an increased chance of a herniated disc as the elasticity and water content of nucleus pulposus decreasing with age”

 

 

 

 

What are the main causes and symptoms of slipped disc?

As mentioned before, a slipped or displaced disc occurs when the outer case of the disc splits and the gel goes out of the disc.  The causes of this condition is not always clear. One of the most important risk factor is the age of the person, as slipped disc usually affects older patients. Due to the aging process, spinal discs start to lose their flexibility, elasticity, retain less water, become brittle, cracked and more likely to rupture. Slipped disc is one of the main causes of sciatic pain, which radiates to the leg. Besides the pain, irritated sciatic nerve may also cause pins, needles and numbness.

 

 

The symptoms of sciatica vary according to the severity of impingement on sciatic nerve. Sciatica should be suspected if a patient experiences:

  • Pain and cramps in the back, buttocks and down the posterior aspect of legs
  • Weakness in the legs during standing and walking
  • Pain and weakness that is relieved with rest
  • Numbness or tingling in the back and along the legs
  • Reduced sensations along the areas supplied by the sciatic nerve

 

What methods are used to diagnose a slipped disc?

MRI remains the gold standard imaging solution of choice to evaluate herniated/slipped disc. It gives an accurate assessment of the spinal nerves and other related structures such as disc alignment, height, hydration, and configuration. The advantages for using an MRI for diagnostics includes soft-tissue definition, cerebrospinal fluid visualization, and lack of radiation exposure to the patient.

The most important method performed by your physician is a physical examination, which helps to determine the cause of back pain. X-rays is not a valuable method in diagnosis of a slipped disc.

What are the standard treatment options?

In most cases, the symptoms of a slipped disc can disappear without any treatment. However, the pain caused by this medical condition can be irritating or even unbearable, therefore medication therapy with painkillers may be the first treatment step. The most common drugs prescribed for these patients are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or Paracetamol. Other drug therapies include opioids, anticonvulsants and antidepresants. The past two groups of drugs are only used if the symptoms last longer or the painkillers are not effective in relieving pain. Other non-invasive treatment methods of slipped disc include exercise, physical therapy and injection therapy of local anesthetics and corticosteroids. Surgery is performed only in case of emergency, aiming to remove disc tissue that pinches the nerve. Rehabilitation process is also a very important part of the slipped disc treatment. It helps to strengthen back muscles and improves spin stability.

What are the self-help options for a patient with a slipped disc?

There is a variety self-help options for patients suffering from slipped disc. These methods include:

• Special exercises, relaxation and positioning;

• Manual and physical therapy;

• Traditional Asian medicine treatment methods such as acupuncture and Reiki;

• Various massage techniques for muscle relaxation;

• Local heating and cooling;

• Ultrasound therapy.

Not all of the methods mentioned before are effective for all the patients with this condition, therefore, a person should find the most appropriate one in his or her case or the combination of several techniques.

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New Solutions For Slipped Disc

Fortunately, medical science has progressed at an incredible pace these past few years and a number of new, non-invasive and cost effective solutions are now readily available.

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One such solution is Regenerix Gold, a joint repair supplement produced through the enzymatic hydrolysis of collagenous tissue, combined with a number of powerful anti-inflammatory herbs. Published research shows that when taken as an oral supplement, collagen hydrolysate is absorbed, accumulates in joint cartilage, and stimulates repair activity.

According to British Physiotherapist Ms Cara Cullen, “when someone takes Regenerix Gold, the powerful anti-inflammatory herbs, when combined with the tissue regenerative abilities of collagen hydrolysate, gives amazing results in both speedy pain relief as well as long term recovery.”

 

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For people who suffer more severe pain and need a faster solution, the Indiba Activ Pro Recovery System treatment used by multiple Olympic athletes gives very good results.

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Used for years in Europe and Japan, the Indiba Activ has in recent years been introduced to Singapore as a treatment option for knee pain.

According to Dr Terence Tan of The Pain Relief Clinic, the treatment is a very comfortable, externally applied, non-invasive treatment using long wave radio frequencies and has given very good results to patients.

Indiba Activ Rapid Recovery System For Muscle and Joint Pain

 

With so many new effective solutions available for the treatment of knee pain, it is really a shame that so many people continue to live in misery not knowing that an active life free from back pain is easily within reach.

 

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To Find How New Medical Solutions Can Help You Become Free From Knee Pain Again, Simply Call The Pain Relief Clinic at +65 6732 2397

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