Slipped Disc

What is a slipped disc?

Your body has a spinal that is made of combined series of bones (vertebrae) joined onto each other. Right from up to down, the column includes seven bones in the cervical spine, 12 in the thoracic spine, and five in the lumbar spine, that is followed by the sacrum and the coccyx at the bottom. These bones are provided cushions of discs. These discs provide proper security to the bones by absorbing the shocks from daily routine activities like walking, lifting, and twisting.

What are the symptoms of a slipped disc?

Slipped disc can happen to any part of your spine, from your neck to your lower back. The lower back is more exposed to having slipped disc issues. Your spinal column is most delicate series of nerves and blood vessels. Having slipped disc can apply more pressure on the nerves and muscles around it.

Slipped disc symptoms

Symptoms of a slipped disc include:

  • pain and tingling numbness on one part of your body
  • severe pain that spreads to your arms or legs
  • pain becomes even worse during sleeping at night or while making slight movements
  • severe pain can be felt while standing or sitting for long periods
  • pain when walking short distances
  • very bad muscle weakness
  • tingling, aching, or burning sensations in the affected area
  • such pains can vary from person to person. Consult your doctor in case your pain results in numbness or tingling that affects your ability to control your muscles.

What are the complications of a slipped disc?

If severe slipped disc issue left untreated it can result in permanent damage to your nerve. In very rare cases, a slipped disc cannot only damage the nerve but also cut off nerve impulses to the cauda equina nerves in your lower back and legs. If this happens, you may lose bowel or bladder control.

secondly long-term complication is known as saddle anesthesia. In this case, the slipped disc compresses nerves and causes you to lose sensation in your inner thighs, the back of your legs, and around your rectum.

The symptoms of a slipped disc may improve, they also can worsen,If you cannot perform the activities you once could, it’s time to consult your doctor.