Slipped Discs: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

The 26 bones, or vertebrae, of your spine are cushioned and protected by many

discs, all of which serve to protect you from the strains and activities you do on a

regular basis. Sometimes, the soft inner section of your disc can slip through the

tough, outer ring, producing what is known as a slipped disc.

As you might suspect, this can cause debilitating pain and discomfort. However,

there are a wide variety of general and innovative alternative treatments that can

produce superior relief and recovery.

What Does a Slipped Disc Feel Like?

A slipped disc can occur at any location in your spine, although the most common

area is still the lower back. However, one universal truth about slipped discs no

matter where they occur is that the excessive pressure on surrounding tissues and

muscles can cause several symptoms, including:

• Pain – Pain is the most common slipped disc symptom and can be present in

your arms and legs, can worsen at night, worsen after standing or sitting, as

well as when you walk, even if only for short distances.

• Weakness – Sometimes, slipped discs can manifest as muscle weakness

without explanation.

• Other Sensations – Additionally, many people will experience other

sensations such as tingling, burning, or arching just in the area where the

slipped disc is located.

How Does a Slipped Disc Occur?

There are many things that can cause a slipped disc, all of which begin when the

tough, outer layer of a disc becomes either weak, torn, or both. Of course, there are

several causes, such as:

• Overweight – Discs can become strained under the additional weight.

• Improper Movements – Improper movements such as sharp twisting or

turning, especially when lifting heavy objects, can cause slipped discs.

• Age – As people age, discs will begin to lose their protective, hard outer layer,

putting adults at increased risk for slipped discs.

How is a Slipped Disc Treated?

There are many different ways that you can treat a slipped disc, some of which are

straightforward and others that require more intensive care.

Many individuals turn to traditional methods such as physical therapy, medications

for pain relief, and surgery if symptoms last longer than six weeks. In fact, some

patients even require the insertion of a replacement disc to restore functionality.

Of course, traditional methods aren’t always the best options. In fact, alternative,

cutting-edge options such as shockwave therapy and INDIBA active ProRecovery

offer similar, if not better, results without the invasiveness of surgery or the risks

associated with certain pain killers.