DISC Herniation: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment
The spine is made up of bones (vertebrae) cushioned by small oval pads of cartilage and disc. These consist of a tough outer layer (annulus) and a soft inner layer (nucleus). A herniated disc, sometimes called a slipped or ruptured disc, occurs when a small portion of the nucleus pulposus pushes out through a tear in the annulus into the spinal canal. This can irritate nerves and result in pain, numbness or weakness in the back, legs or arms. In some cases it can even put pressure on the spinal cord resulting in more advanced symptoms.
Many sufferers report back pain which radiates down the leg or arm, making everyday activities difficult or even intolerable.
SIGNS OF POTENTIAL CONCERN
- A radiating, aching pain, sometimes with tingling and numbness, that starts in your buttock and extends down the back or side of the leg.
- Pain, numbness or weakness in your lower back and one leg. Tingling pain, numbness or weakness in your neck, shoulder, chest or arm.
- Lower back pain or leg pain that worsens when you sit, cough or sneeze.
- Arm, shoulder or finger symptoms that worsen when you sit, cough or sneeze.
If you have any of these symptoms or related concerns, please visit a KKT centre near you for a thorough assessment.
The KKT process plays an integral role in stimulating the connective tissues of the spine to promote cellular regeneration.
CARE FOR HERNIATED DISC
A person with a herniated disc should not bend, strain, or lift heavy objects. While sleeping, use a firm mattress or a pillow under the waist and one under the shoulder if sleeping on the side. If you sleep on your back, a pillow should be placed under the knees.
Changing your sitting position can also help. Put your feet on a low stool to flatten the back against the back of the chair or adjust your chair so it tilts forward.
Herniated discs are commonly triggered in people between 30 and 40 years of age. People who spend a lot of time sitting or those who twist their back a lot, are the most likely to develop a herniated disc.
I can never say enough about KKT treatments and the medical team at the KKT centre. Three years ago I suffered from a severe herniated disc in my lower back following a game of competitive squash.
The injury was very painful I visited both my family physician and a pain centre. After weeks of pain medication and physiotherapy, there was minimal improvement. The temporary relief of pain killers was not a viable solution. My range of movement was restricted and I had to cancel all my work related travels as I could literally not even sit in a chair! I was referred to the KKT centre by a business associate.
During my initial visit I realized the thoroughness, the patient care and the overall interest from the doctors. This was reassuring and gave me peace of mind. The precision of the x-rays and the analysis of my structure, in addition to the step by step explanation of my medical condition was excellent. KKT’s care program yielded immediate results.
Within 4 months I was able to regain my quality of life. I highly recommend KKT treatment for back associated pain. The procedure is painless and the outcome is phenomenal. I wish that in the future people didn’t have to go to so many practitioners before they discover KKT.
If you feel you are suffering from Disc Herniation book your appointment today to avail the best non-invasive solution.
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