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What is slipped disc?

Slipped disc or herniated disc is a condition that occurs when the gel-like center of spinal disc ruptures through a weak area in the outer wall called the annulus. It is most common in the lower back (lumbar spine), though it can also occur in the neck (cervical spine). Symptoms include pain in the lower back as well as leg pain (sciatica). Even though a slipped disc can be extremely painful, symptoms are usually short-lived. Practicing some simple physiotherapyexercises and giving proper rest to the lower back can bring relief.


What are the common symptoms of slipped disc?
Depending on the size of herniation and the position of the herniated disc, symptoms can vary greatly. The patient may experience a slight pain in the lower back or no pain at all if the slipped disc does not press a nerve. Common symptoms include:
  • Numbness: Most people suffering from slipped disc experience numbness or a tingling sensation in the body part close to the affected nerves.
  • Neck pain: A sharp pain in the neck or between the shoulder blades that can be felt in the hands is also common. The pain aggravates with any sudden movements or because of an uncomfortable position.
  • Leg pain: If the herniated disc is in the lower back then the patient will experience intense pain in the thigh, calf and buttocks. The pain can also be felt in the entire leg up to the foot.
  • Weakness: The muscles around the affected nerves tend to weaken; causing the patient to stumble and more prone to accidents.
What causes slipped disc?
It usually occurs because of disc degeneration, a natural process that can lead to a herniated disc because of age-related wear, tear and pressure on the spine. With advancing age, the naturally present water content of the disc decreases, making them less flexible. Due to the shrinkage of these discs, the space between the vertebrae keeps getting narrower, making the discs more prone to herniation. A sudden stressful motion while lifting heavy weights or shock during an injury can also cause the gel-like inner material of the disc to ‘slip’ out. Certain factors can increase the risk of developing a herniated disc including gender, sedentary lifestyle, weight, physical strain and consumption of tobacco.
Slipped disc treatment
The best way to treat slipped disc involves regular physical therapy, massage, exercise and try heat/cold therapy for pain relief. Here are a few slipped disc treatment options:
  • 1. Rest:

    The first step towards recovery involves giving proper rest to the body and limiting activity for a few days.

  • 2. Non-surgical treatment:

    The first step to slipped disc recovery includes non-surgical treatment such as mild pain medication, adequate rest, herniated disc exercises, hydrotherapy and pain management.

  • 3. Home remedies:

    About 80% of the people experience a reduction in their symptoms within four to six weeks and return to normal activity after getting proper slipped disc treatment at home and trying some simple home remedies.

  • 4. Medication for pain relief:

    If pain persists, it is best to consult a doctor who can recommend non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to help relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Muscle relaxants can also be used in case of muscle spasms but they must be prescribed by a doctor.


Physiotherapy for slipped disc
The first and foremost goal of physiotherapy for slip disc is to control its symptoms. A trained physiotherapist can help you find movements and positions that could ease pain. Practicing herniated disc exercises under the guidance of a trained physiotherapist can strengthen the lower back, leg and stomach muscles and increase the flexibility of the spine. Other than pain relief, practicing these exercises also conditions the body; making it less prone to future injuries. Physiotherapy exercises for slipped disc treatment include hot/cold therapy, ultrasound, deep tissue massage, hydrotherapy and electric stimulation among others. While these techniques are aimed at pain relief, other exercises help in providing core stability, increase flexibility, improve mobility, and restore muscle strength, and help you get back to your normal routine at the earliest. The key lies in prevention by taking care of certain things on a daily basis. Ensuring good posture while sitting, sleeping, walking, using the right technique during lifting any heavyweight and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk. A good physiotherapist can give the right guidance to help in the management of symptoms and keep your spine safe during routine activities.


Where to find physiotherapy for slipped disc?
Eight out of ten people in the world suffer from back pain during some part of their lives. Are you one of those looking for the best slipped disc treatment at home? HCAH’s home-based physiotherapy for slipped disc can help provide long term relief from pain by customizing a treatment plan after assessing your particular condition. The outcome-based and comprehensive treatment plans are charted basis your risk factor, pain type, work function and lifestyle so that you recover fast and stay pain-free. Our experienced and certified team of physiotherapists are trained to treat all the symptoms of slipped disc basis your specific needs. If you have any queries regarding HCAH’s slip disc physiotherapy treatment at home, feel free to get in touch with an expert by calling 1800 102 4224 or book a home visit online.
What results can you expect from physiotherapy for slipped disc?
Practicing slipped disc exercises from the comfort of your home under the expert guidance of HCAH’s physiotherapists will not only curb recurrent pain but also improve your overall health. A customised exercise plan will help improve your posture, train you to manage pain and improve spinal health by working on the core. The team of highly-qualified physiotherapists also suggest certain preventive measures and minor lifestyle changes to ensure a speedy slipped disc recovery and prevent any further complications. Take the first step towards better spinal health and get freedom from pain by booking an appointment on 1800 102 4224. Additionally, you can also search for trained physiotherapists for slipped disc treatment at home to avail HCAH’s world-class physiotherapy treatment, anytime and anywhere!

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