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What is a slipped disc condition, and what can be done to correct it?

A slipped disc occurs when the spinal disc or a soft cushion-like substance found in between two vertebrae is pushed out of its normal position.

Slipped disc can occur due to sudden trauma from a fall, or may result due to the continuous stress of the spine. This is a very painful condition as it exerts pressure over the spinal nerves and the spinal cord. It commonly affects the lumbar region, and involves symptoms such as numbness, tingling in arms and legs, and weakness of muscles. In severe cases, there may be difficulty in passing urine and bowel movements. This should be evaluated by a neurologist immediately.

The treatment plan for slipped discs depends on the severity of your symptoms. Generally, the pain may subside within 4- 8 weeks. Initially, non-surgical treatment methods will be recommended, except in patients with loss of bowel and/or bladder control or progressive muscle weakness. Non-surgical treatment includes:

  • pain medications,
  • topical treatment such as heat and cold therapy,
  • electric stimulation and
  • physical therapy.

Surgical treatment includes minimally invasive techniques and open decompression.

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