Slip Disc And The Things You May Want To Know About It
The spinal column on your back is a series of aligned bones that have stacked each other. From the top to bottom, your spinal column is the inclusion of seven bones in the cervical spine part, 12 in the thoracic spine, and five bones in the lumbar spine. These series of bones are eventually followed by sacrum and coccyx at the base. These bones have been cushioned by the discs. These discs are there to absorb any kind of shocks from our daily activities. Activities that include walking, twisting, lifting and more such.
Here, we are going to know about the discs in detail:
Each of the discs that cushion the series of bones in our spine has two parts. There is a soft gelatinous part, as well as a hard outer ring. These discs are known as herniated, prolapsed, or more commonly as slipped disks. The slipped discs itself causes pain and discomfort. In addition to that, this herniated disc can cause conditions such as sciatica if the nerves get compressed by the discs. You can also experience the numbness and the pain along the pathway of the affected nerve. In some cases, you may have to have surgery to remove slipped discs.
Now we know about the herniated or slipped disc in detail, here are a few symptoms of slipped disc:
You may experience this condition anywhere along your spine. You can experience it anywhere from your neck area to the lower back of your body. The spinal column is an intricate nervous and blood vessels network. Your slipped disc can put on some extra pressure along the nerves and the muscles around it.
The major symptoms of slip disc are when you will feel numbness or pain on one side of your body. In slip disc, you will face this symptom more commonly as it normally does not affect the whole body. There are some cases where you may feel numbness on one side of your body and pain in the other. The pain gets extended to the arms or the leg portion of your body. The pain that gets worse in the night time, there are cases when certain movements induce and make the pain worse.
One suffers from slip disc may face worsening paining conditions after prolonged standing or sitting positions. You may feel pain when walking in short distance, and also some unexplained muscle weakness can also be caused by the slipped disc often.
How do slipped discs get diagnosed?
Doctors are going to perform a routine physical check-up. They are going to look at sources of your pain and discomfort. This check-up will involve in checking nerve function and also the muscle strength check too. Doctors will check if some certain kinds of movement or touching of the affected area cause pain or not. They will make sure what kind of activities causes your pain to worsen. X-Ray, MRI, CT Scans are the tests to confirm ones’ slipped disc condition.
These were a few things you may want to know about the slipped disc. Check them out, consult your doctor and take actions accordingly.