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
• 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.