The human spine consists of a stack of bones called vertebrae separated by intervening shock-absorbing discs that contain a soft gel-like material. When the outer coat of a disc ruptures, the gel-like material pushes out from between the vertebrae, and the condition is known as a herniated disc. A slipped or herniated disc is a misnomer as the disc does not slip out but rather herniates out of its place in different grades of severity. The symptoms may range from back and neck pain to impaired bowel and bladder function. If you have been experiencing spinal pain symptoms, waste no time in consulting one of the physicians participating in the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center referral line in Plano. Continuing on the subject, in this blog post, we answer five FAQs about slipped disc.
1. What are the causes of slipped disc?
Possible causes of a slipped disc include improperly lifting a heavy object, sudden injury to the back, repeated injury caused by a wrong posture, the natural aging process or even a genetic weakness in discs.
2. When do I need to see a doctor?
You know it’s time to see a doctor if you notice any of the following symptoms:
-Trouble passing or holding urine or stool.
-Sudden weight loss
-Persistent fever or back pain
-Weakness in extremities
3. Is there any home treatment for slipped disc?
If you start experiencing herniated disc pain try to avoid further stress on the back. Identify and change the physical activities that may stress your back, and consult an orthopedic expert who can prescribe a proper course of treatment and physiotherapy.
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4. Are there any ways to prevent or ease the pain?
Here are a few simple rules that can help prevent or ease the pain:
- Squat when lifting something, instead of bending.
- Avoid sitting or standing for long intervals.
- Put your feet on an elevated stool so that your knees are higher than your hips while sitting.
- Avoid wearing high heeled shoes.
- Avoid sleeping on your stomach.
5. How do I know if I need surgery?
To determine whether you need surgery, consult a spine doctor in Plano, Texas or any other area. The doctor will go through your medical history and may also prescribe some tests to get a clearer picture of what’s going on. After reviewing the results, the spine doctor will let you know if they think you require surgical intervention.
Looking for a Spine Specialist? We Can Help!
At the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center referral center our patient navigators can connect you with a number of participating spine surgeons in Plano and nearby areas, specializing in treating all sorts of orthopedic problems including herniated discs. To schedule an appointment with a spine specialist, simply call 888 608 4762 or fill out our contact form and we will get back with you, shortly.
Note: Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic.