A herniated disc usually happens in the lower back and the neck area (the lumbar spine and the cervical spine). In some cases, a herniated disc can also occur in the upper back (thoracic spine). Depending on the location of the slipped disk, the pain can be different.
What are the complications of a slipped disk?
If left untreated, a severe slipped disk can lead to serious nerve damage that can be permanent. In very rare cases, a slipped disk can cut off the nerve signals to your lower back and legs. When this happens, you lose control of your bladder.
A slipped disk can also cause saddle anesthesia. This is a condition when the slipped disks put pressure on the nerves and cause a reduction in the sensations in your thighs, the back of the legs and the rectum.
While there are many things you can do to improve the symptoms of a slipped disk, you might further injure it as well. If you cannot perform daily activities like normal as regular, it is time to see a doctor to get the correct diagnosis and treatment.
What are the signs of a slipped disk?
A slipped disk can happen in any part of the spine. But, it usually happens to the lower back. Injury in this area can affect many areas in the lower half of the body since the intricate network of nerves and blood vessels are in the spine.
Symptoms of a slipped disk include:
Arm or leg pain. An arm or shoulder pain often results from a dislocated disk at the neck while a leg pain is usually the result of a herniated disc in the lower back. The pain might also occur in the buttocks, thigh and calf, and sometimes, in part of the foot. The pain is especially worse when you cough, sneeze or move your spine.
Numbness or tingling. People with a herniated disc often experience numbness or tingling in the body.
Weakness. When the nerve is damaged, it will affect the muscles controlled by that nerve. As a result, these muscles are often weakened, making them shake or unable to lift or hold items.
Depending on each person, the type of pain is also different, causing numbness or tingling that hinder your ability to control the muscles.
Is it possible to prevent a slipped disk?
While it is not easy to prevent a slipped disk, you can take small steps to reduce the risk. You can:
- Use the correct posturewhen you lift objects: bend at your knee and bring the object close to your chest before lifting them with your arms.
- Keep a healthy weight.
- Get up and stretch once in a while to avoid sitting still for too long.
- Exercise as much as you can to strengthen the muscles and improve your general health.
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