Slipped Disc or herniated Disc

Slip DiscSlipped Disc or herniated Disc is common problem in today’s human life. Human spine is consist of a series of bones (vertebrae) stacked onto each other. Entire spine includes seven bones in the cervical spine, 12 in the thoracic spine, and five in the lumbar spine and sacrum and the coccyx at the lowest part. All These bones are separated by discs. These discs absorbs the shocks from daily life activities like twisting, jumping, walking, lifting etc. and protect the vertebrae.

Each disk is consisting of soft inner part and hard, circular outer ring. When we born, our spinal discs are usually composed of about 80% water. With the advancing of life, these discs may become increasingly dehydrated, dry and stiff. This is known as having degeneration of discs.
Sometimes injury and weakness may cause the inner part of the disc to expand through the outer ring. This phenomenon is known as a slipped, herniated, or prolapsed disc and this causes pain and discomfort. If the slipped disc compresses any of spinal nerves, this may cause pain in affected nerve, numbness or weakness in the leg. If this pain worsens continuously, patient may require surgery to remove or repair the slipped disc.

Symptoms of a slipped disc

Patient can have slipped disc from neck to lower back anywhere. The lower back is one of the more common areas for slipped discs. If a patient experience sudden, severe back pain, especially in the lower back region, it could be a slipped disc.
Following may be symptoms of slipped disc:

  • Severe pain or numbness, commonly on one side of the body
  • Pain spreading over the arms or legs.
  • Pain sometimes with pins and needles experience.
  • Pain that rises in night due to some certain movements.
  • Pain that rises after sitting, standing or walking.
  • Unexplained muscle weakness.
  • Numbness and weakness in the buttocks, legs or feet.

Surgical and Non-Surgical Procedures for Slipped Disc Treatment

Surgical and Non-Surgical Procedures for Slipped Disc Treatment

Based on frequency and severity of pain and condition of patient several Non-Surgical Procedures are chosen by us.
There are several different options that our physicians may recommend, including:

  • Lifestyle Changes
  • Physio Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Injections
  • Anti-Inflammatory Medications

Minimally Invasive Surgery Procedures

Following are the Minimally Invasive Surgery Procedures for slipped disc

  • Discectomies
  • Laminectomies
  • Spinal Fusions