Do you have a slipped disc? Are you wondering what the symptoms of a slipped disc are? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We know how painful a slipped disc can be and that’s why we’re here to help you out. Below, you can read everything you need to know about slipped disc and the treatments.
What is a Slipped Disc?
In your back, you have different discs that help to support it. A slipped disc essentially occurs when there is a problem with your disc. If, for example, your disc is protruding or if it has been displaced. When your disc slips, it can cause a significant amount of pain because the disc presses against the nerves in your back.
What Does a Slipped Disc Feel Like?
At the base, a herniated disc will cause you a lot of pain. There’s a difference between a slipped disc pain, otherwise known as herniated disc pain, and usual back pain. When you have a herniated disc, you can feel pain anywhere along your spine. You will usually feel the pain in your lower back, in your lumbar spine. This is the section that is closer to your pelvis.
The discs in your back are the ones that allow you spine to have more flexible movement, as well as pelvic movement. When you bend over, you can damage your discs. You’ll know if you have a herniated disc because the initial damage will feel like a sharp, throbbing pain.
How do You Know If You Have a Slipped Disc?
We’ve already spoken a little bit about this, but there are a few ways in which you can know whether you have a slipped disc. You’ll know if you have a slipped disc if you experience pain after a back trauma. If, for example, you bend over to pick up something in your home and you have sudden back pain, this could be due to a slipped disc.
You’ll also know if you have a slipped disc because you’ll have difficulty moving. You might also have pain if you try to bend over after the initial incident.
Besides Surgery, What Can You Do To Treat Your Slipped Disc?
Having a slipped disc can be deeply disturbing and painful. If you want to know how to treat a slipped disc, there are a few ways in which you can do so. Resting is one of our main suggestions. Allowing your body to rest can alleviate pain in your lower back and the area you damaged. When you resume your daily activity, you should take breaks throughout the day. This will ensure that your body has time to relax during the day.
You should take medication that has anti-inflammatory properties. Advil is one of the most popular and readily-available options for people in this situation. That’s because a herniated disc can cause a significant amount of inflammation and Advil will help to reduce this inflammation. The less inflammation you have, the less pain you have.
Depending on the severity of your herniated disc, you may need to have physical therapy. This will help your back place itself and will help you to strengthen your back in general. The stronger your back is, the more resistant it is to injury and pain.
How Long Does it Take to Recover From Slipped Disc Surgery?
Of course, the amount of time it takes for you to recover from a slipped disc depends on your individual situation. In general, you can expect to have a full recovery from your slipped disc operation within four weeks.
Things to Avoid When You Have Slipped Disc
When you have a slipped disc, otherwise known as a herniated disc, you should avoid heavy lifting completely. That’s because it can aggravate your slipped disk further and can make your injury worse. You should also avoid working out or performing the same activity that injured you.
This is one of the reasons why we suggest bedrest. This will provide you with the opportunity to rest and to prevent the aggravation of your slipped disc.
If you’ve recently damaged your back and you’re worried about whether you have a slipped or herniated disc, you’ve come to the right place. That’s because we know the struggle of having an injury and being unsure of how to treat it. A slipped disc feels like a throbbing pain and there are a number of activities that can aggravate your injury. If you want to know more about slipped disc, you can contact us today. We’ll do our best to get back to you with complete efficiency and accuracy.
Dr. Jenny Li is the appointed chairman of Medical Committee for NABBA WFF Singapore.