What causes a slipped disc?
Accumulative micro trauma and overload to the capacity of the vertebral disc.
The disc is made of a jelly like substance, with fibres that wrap around it. Overtime these fibres can fray which can cause pain, this is called an annular tear
Other times the fibres can tear and the jelly like substance called the nucleus can push out to varying degrees and compromise the spinal cord and other nerves
What are the symptoms of a slipped disc?
- Local pain
- Sharp/ Shooting pain
- Dull ache
- Tight muscles
What is the recovery time for a slipped disc?
This depends on a variety of factors.
- Severity of the injury
- Patient compliance
The disc is a relatively avascular structure.
The spongy spinal discs receive most of their nourishment from the exchange of fluids when the spinal joints are moving properly. When the spine is not moving properly the discs are less likely to heal and plump up as you sleep.
Will I need surgery for my slipped disc?
Some patients have bulging discs on MRI’s and have no pain. How bout that!!!!
One recent study suggested that at least half of all herniated/bulging disc spontaneously de-herniate
Just because you have been told you have a bulging disc doesn’t mean you will have it for life!
What this study showed is that scan changes are just like grey hair………. normal!!!!
And that pain does not mean you’re doing damage – it’s just a little sensitive at the moment
Back pain sucks and in most cases, it can be managed without scan or surgery
What exercises can I do at home for a slipped disc?
Motion is very important for healing discs.
But we first need to manage your pain. Walking and Swimming can be a great for gently getting you moving
Book Here and we can come up with a structured plan to get you moving and feeling better as soon as possible