Slipped Disc (Prolapsed Disc, Herniated Disc)

 

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A slipped disc is no laughing matter

Symptoms of a Slipped Disc

A slipped disc, also know as a prolapsed disc or herniated disc, ususally manifests itself as pain in the lower back which frequently extends down to the buttock, leg or foot.

The symptoms, be they leg pain, tingling sensations, pins and needles, numbness or weakness are different depending on whereabouts in the lower lumbar or sacral region the nerve is actually trapped.

Disc Herniation

Each segment of the spine is cushioned by a flexible disc that protects the spine from vertically applied compressive forces (such as those that occur when we jump and land).

Unfortunately the disc is not strong against rotational forces and these can cause the disc to rupture. Such forces can occur simply by bending at an awkward angle and lifting something heavy.

A herniated disc is likely to cause sciatica

Impact to the Sciatic Nerve

The disc itself contains a pulpy substance called the “nucleus pulposus”.  If the fibrous outer wall of the disc (the annulus fibrosus) ruptures then the inner core can leak out.

The effect of the leaked core can be to trap the large sciatic nerve that runs along the spine.  As anyone who’s suffered a slipped disc knows, the pain can be quite excruciating and physically debilitating.

The Sciatic Nerve

The sciatic nerve is the largest in the body. It is composed of individual nerve roots that originate in the spine. The nerve carries down then branches out to supply the skin as well as the muscles of the back of the thigh, the leg and the foot.

Touch2Heal use opeopathy & acupuncture to treat a prolapsed disc

Slipped Disc Treatment

Osteopathy can be effective in relieving a slipped disc and many clients find acupuncture excellent for reducing the pain.

We can also advise on exercises to develop the core muscles to help support the load on your spine.

Call Touch2Heal today to make an appointment at our Ashford clinic in Kent.

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