Are you experiencing some form of pain in your back, but you are unsure of what you are experiencing? You may have a slipped disc, also known as a herniated disk. Many individuals often do not even realise that they have a slipped disc, as the pain might not have been significant enough for them to seek treatment. However, a slipped disc in its later stages can pose greater health problems to an individual who has one. If you experience mild pain or loss of feeling in your back, it is highly advisable that you seek medical attention immediately.
What is a slipped disc?
Your spinal column is made up of many different types of bones. These bones are cushioned by disks, and the disks absorb shock from all sorts of activities that you carry out throughout your day. A disk is composed of a capsule of connective tissue surrounding a soft, jelly-like centre. When there is injury or weakness, it can cause the disk to slip out of the capsule. It will cause pain and discomfort. If it is ‘pinching’ on one of your spinal nerves, an individual can experience numbness and pain in the affected area. In more severe instances such as in a car accident, slipped disc surgery may be necessary.
What causes a slipped disc?
A slipped disc is usually caused by an unnatural movement of the body that results in an angle where the disks can easily slip out of its natural position. It can also be caused by applying a large force on your back. Those whose job involves regular heavy lifting, are overweight are male or are of old age are at risk of a slipped disc.
Slipped Disc Symptoms
- Numbness on one or both sides of the body
- Pain on one or both sides of the body
- Pain that increases in intensity when weight is put on the area
- Weakness in the affected area
- Restricted range of motion in the affected area
- Swelling or inflammation of the affected area
In order to be properly assessed for a slipped disc, a visit to the Orthopaedist is necessary. If you believe you are suffering from a slipped disc, you can attain a referral to a specialist from your General Practitioner.
Slipped Disc Surgery Costs?
Slipped disc surgery and lower back surgery, in general, are affordable if you have insurance coverage. Because it is an extremely highly skilled and difficult surgery, it is best to go to a reputable doctor who has a lot of experience under his belt. Dr Henry Chan is pretty known in the field and his clinic even advises on medical insurance claims so check him out if you don’t already have an orthopaedic doctor you are familiar with.
Treatment Options For Slipped Disc
Usually, conservative non-invasive treatment options are recommended for mild cases. Slipped disc Surgery is only recommended in cases where there might be damage to the nerves. Mild treatment options include the prescription of NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs) and lifestyle changes. You might be asked to do simple things such as changing your posture while you sit.
Surgical treatment options can be minimally invasive or surgically invasive. This can range from the entire removal of the slipped disc, or the fusion of unstable parts of the spine. In order to make informed decisions about the available treatment options, a consult and assessment of your condition is necessary. An Orthopaedist would be able to properly assess your condition and decide with you what is the next best course of action.
You might have been asked to wear a back brace for 1-2 weeks by your Orthopaedist after your slipped disc surgery. This is to prevent you from moving your back, and it is necessary that you stick to the instructions given by your doctor strictly.
Once you have sought treatment, it is very likely that you would be recommended by your Orthopaedist to receive physiotherapy. Physiotherapy is essential for any recovering individual to slowly regain full control of their back. Physiotherapy not only helps with recovering motion and control but can also significantly reduce the amount of post-treatment pain one would feel.