A slipped disc occurs when the soft tissue between your spine’s bones pulls out. If it puts pressure on nerves, it hurts. Rest, little activity, and pain medication often improve gradually.
Causes for slipped disc
- The likelihood of developing a slipped disc increases with age
- Specific movements for a slipped disc can result from lifting a vast, heavy object, which sets a lot of pressure on the lower back.
- People who are overweight are more likely to experience a slipped disc
- An inactive lifestyle and weak muscles may also contribute to developing slipped discs
Slipped disc symptom
The following are signs of a slipped disc:
- Lower back strain
- Neck discomfort, tingling, or numbness in your arms, hands, legs, or feet
- Back pain when bending or straightening
- Muscular tremor
- The disc pushing on the sciatic nerve may cause discomfort in the legs, hips, or buttocks.
Slipped discs don’t always result in symptoms. Many people suffer disc slippage but are entirely unaware of it.
Diagnose for slipped disc
A physical examination by the doctor will come first. Your doctor will inquire about your medical background and your current symptoms.
Imaging tests can assist your doctor in viewing the spine’s muscles and bones and locating damaged regions.
Scan types used in imaging include:
- PET scans
- an MRI scan
Using this data, the doctor can identify the source of your pain, weakness, or discomfort.
Prevention and treatment for a slipped disc
A doctor might prescribe a more potent painkiller, a steroid injection, or a muscle relaxant to use in the short term.
Take some precautions to lower your chance of getting a slipped disc.
Among these actions are:
- Lift safely by bending at the knees, not the waist, and lifting from there.
- Be sure to keep a healthy weight.
- Stay up and stretch sometimes; avoid sitting for extended periods.
- Exercise your legs, abdomen, and back to build up your muscles.
Reviewed by – Dr. Priyanka, MBBS MD Microbiology
Page last reviewed: 16 JULY 2022