Know the basics
What is lumbar disc syndrome?
Lumbar disc syndrome is a group of symptoms related to the condition of the cartilage discs in the lumbar spine. Lumbar spine is made up of five vertebrae, separated by cartilage disks. This cartilage discs damping function. Also this cartilage disks cushion the vertebrae and increase the flexibility of the lower back.
Changes degeneration or lumbar disc injury may hurt the fiber ring. Fiber ring is a tough and solid strip cartilage surrounding the cartilage plate. Human herniated disc may go into the spinal canal or nerve root canal and cause pain.
How common is lumbar disc syndrome?
Lumbar disc syndrome is often the result of the natural decline gradually with age. As people age, the intervertebral discs lose water gradually making them less flexible and more prone to tear off even with the motor small muscle strain or twisting.
Know the symptoms
What are the symptoms of lumbar disc syndrome?
The common symptoms of lumbar disc syndrome include:
- Pain in the back or numbness and tingling may radiate to the buttocks, hip, groin or leg.
- Severe pain due to herniated moving, coughing, laughing or straining when going to the toilet.
- Some people go weak, clumsy, dropped foot syndrome (can not wear slippers or sandals easy to be dropped because the foot was droop).
There may be other symptoms not mentioned. If you have any questions about these signs, please consult your doctor.
When should I see my doctor?
If you have signs and symptoms mentioned above, or have any questions or concerns, please consult your doctor. Status and condition can vary in many people. Always discuss with your doctor to be appointed diagnostic methods, treatment and the best treatment for you.
In case when you are having treated, call your doctor if you:
- Meet the side effects of the drug.
- Trouble walking, weakness or cannot move the legs, use the toilet or take control.
Know the causes
What causes lumbar disc syndrome?
Disc degeneration caused by normal aging. Poor posture or work with heavy lifting method may prevent the wrong way aggravates the situation. Gradually worn cartilage disk, plump little more and go flat. When the disc cartilage gap narrowed as the vertebrae rub together, the edges of the vertebrae will gradually wear out. Then the bone spur is formed causing compression on the spinal cord or nerves. When the nerve is irritated, back and leg pain, feeling of tingling, numbness and weakness in the legs.
Know the risk factors
What increases my risk for lumbar disc syndrome?
There are many factors that can increase the risk of lumbar disc syndrome, including:
- Weight: overweight increases the pressure on the lumbar disc.
- Occupation: people who do manual work are at risk for higher back problem. The lifting motion, pulling, pushing, bending sideways or rotate people can also increase the risk.
Understand the diagnosis & treatment
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.
How is lumbar disc syndrome diagnosed?
The doctor will use these treatments as physiotherapy, ultrasound, hot packs in place and special exercises. Steroid and anesthetic injections into the spinal cord may help reduce pain. Surgery is a last resort when the above methods are not effective.
How is lumbar disc syndrome treated?
The doctor will take a history and physical examination. X-rays may be taken. May perform one or more of the following tests for prolonged pain or are considering surgery: computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), CSF combination map / CT, electromechanical Register / survey speeds nerve conduction (EMG / NCV).
Lifestyle changes & home remedies
What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage lumbar disc syndrome?
The following lifestyles and home remedies might help you cope with lumbar disc syndrome:
- Maintain the correct posture when sitting and walking.
- Always wear a seatbelt while operating motor vehicles.
- Support your waist if sitting in a long time. Page one small pillow or rolled towel between zones one and seat belts. Stand up and go back often (every hour).
- Always lift correctly upright. Keep objects close friend and a thigh and leg muscles used to lift it.
- Exercise regularly as directed by your doctor.
If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.
Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Ferri, Fred. Ferri’s Netter Patient Advisor. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders / Elsevier, 2012.
Review Date: May 30, 2016 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017