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Slipped Disc

Slip Disc/Herniated Disk: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

What is a slipped disc?

The spinal cord is made up of vertebrae. Vertebrae are serious of bones stacked up together in a spinal cord with the cervical spine consisting of 7 bones, the thoracic spine consisting of 12 bones and the lumbar spine consisting of 5 bones. At the base, you have the sacrum and coccyx...

               Prolapse                         Extrusion                 Sequestration

These bones are supported and protected by disks from shocks caused by walking or lifting a heavy load. A disk can be visualized as a shock absorbing pad made up of a gelatinous inner portion and a hard outer ring.

Sometimes, a disk may rupture and the inner jelly-like substance may escape into the surrounding tissue. As this happens, this tends to exert a lot of pressure on the spinal cord. This eventually causes pain and weakness around that portion.  This is commonly known as a slipped or herniated disk. However, as far as the slipped disc treatment is concerned, in most cases, it can be cured without surgery.


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

 

 

Symptoms of a Herniated Disk

A slipped disc affects the portion from the neck to the lower back and can be extremely painful if not treated in time. Here are a few symptoms that will help you spot a slipped disk in time:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Pain on lower back (after sitting or standing)
  • Neck pain
  • Numbness of legs

Tingling pain

Causes of a Slipped Disc

There can be many reasons behind a Slipped Disc and this is the reason that you need to for a proper diagnosis to understand the actual causes. Here are a few possible causes that may lead to Slipped Disc:

  • Increase in body weight
  • Loss of protective fluid with aging
  • Lack of exercise
  • Improper lifting technique
  • Smoking

Slipped Disc Treatment

Once you have the symptoms mentioned above, it is wise on your part to consult a doctor. This will initially take some diagnosis to reach a conclusion about the possible causes. However, one may not need a surgical slipped disc treatment unless the condition is severe. As a matter of fact, you can easily find some of the best Clinics for Slipped Disc Treatment in Singapore.

Diagnosis using MRI or CT scans

It involves finding out the exact location of the affected tissue

Diagnosis using a Discogram

It involves pinpointing the cracks by injecting dye into the soft center of a disc

Non-Surgical Slip Disc Treatment

Here are some of the most common non-surgical slipped disc treatments:

  • Taking proper rest
  • Working on proper sitting posture
  • Losing weight by doing regular exercise or Yoga
  • Reduce smoking
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Physiotherapy

Surgical Slipped Disc Treatment

If the pain lasts for more than 6 weeks, a surgical slipped disc treatment is the only option wherein the portion of the disc which is irritating the nerve will be removed. However, it is not a very painful process since it takes minimal dissection.

 

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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, Radiofrequency treatment used by multiple Olympic athletes gives very good results.

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

The treatment is a very comfortable, externally applied, non-invasive treatment using long wave radio frequencies and has given very good results to patients.

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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