1. What do you mean by a slipped disc?
A slipped disc is a condition of your spine, when the soft tissues that cushion between the bones in your spine push out or bulge out from the original position. It may press a nerve in this process, making the condition extremely painful. The condition can become better with rest, exercise and medication.
2. What are the common symptoms of slipped disc?
The common symptoms of a slipped disc are as follows: numbness and a tingling sensation in the shoulders, arms, hands, fingers, legs and toes; pain in the lower back; pain in the neck; pain in the buttocks, hips or legs due to the pressing of the sciatic nerve; problems in bending and stretching of the back; and muscular weakness.
3. What causes a slipped disc?
The following are the causes of a slipped disc: degeneration of the disc due to age; injury; excessive strain or sprain; if someone has it in your family; lifting of objects in the wrong way; hard exercise; vibrations due to machinery; and overweight.
4. What care can I take at home for slipped disc?
If you have a slipped disc, you may take the following care: stay active and exercise daily to maintain a healthy weight; use the correct techniques to lift things; do not smoke as it may weaken your muscles; if the doctor has recommended you to take rest, take rest for the recommended time; and use a support for your lower back.
5. Which treatment options are available to treat slipped disc?
Treatment options for the slipped disc are as follows: non-surgical options include light exercise; hot and cold packs; anti-inflammatory medication; physical therapy that includes ultrasound (use of high-frequency waves to reduce pain), traction and exercises. Whereas surgical options include: removal of disc or a part of it (lamina) by surgery or relieve the compression of the sciatic nerve.