There are many terms used to describe the phenomenon of when the inner core of the intervertebral disc (nucleus pulposus) presses on to the intervertebral disc wall, causing it to bulge outwards or even break through the disc wall.
Herniated disc is better known commonly as a ‘Slipped disc’ but in medical terms, herniated, bulging or prolapsed disc are used evenly.
Generally a herniated disc is associated with extreme pain as either pressure is exerted on spinal nerves next to the disc or as spinal structures take more load.
The body reacts by sending the back muscles into spasm as a guarding response to prevent further movement and the risk of further injury.
Pain is an excellent way to stop us moving but it doesn’t help when us when we need to get moving again!
Build up to herniated disc
It is vital to remember that whilst a small movement can be all it takes to cause a disc to bulge, the herniated disc injury is often the result of a weakness built up over (a long) time.
The classic story of pain being connected with a trivial event is when people say “I leant over to pick up a pencil and BANG!”
Of course sudden overloading can cause a serious injury but most disc herniations we see at Spinex are the result of long term compression and immobility.
The good news is, the body will deal with most disc herniations over time, the bad news is, sometimes it can be very difficult for the body to get started.
At Spinex, we have manual therapy and IDD Therapy to help treat back pain caused by herniated discs.
Whether in the neck or lower back, we have non-invasive programmes to help deal with your pain and the underlying causes.
A word about invasive procedures
Injections – an injection can help alleviate inflammation, but on its own, does nothing to address the causes of compression and immobility in a spinal segment. Spinal injections provide a window for you to get treatment aimed at the causes of the problem, which is where we come in.
Spinal Surgery – Spinal surgery can be very effective in taking away the pain caused by a herniated disc. The most common technique is microdiscectomy.
However, again, surgery does nothing to address the underlying causes which led to the problem in the first place.
There are times when patients need surgery for a herniated disc but any spinal surgeon worth their salt will tell you that it is always preferable to exhaust non-invaivse treatment options first, because spinal surgery is a serious undertaking.
At Spinex Disc Clinic we understand about discs, in particular herniated discs.
Spinex Disc Clinic Treatments
We provide manual therapy, exercise and IDD Therapy programmes to promote improvement in disc health, to decompress and mobilise targeted spinal segments and allow you to get on with your life without pain.
Important – there is no silver bullet for herniated discs and patients expecting instant resolution from any treatment should be prepared to be dissappointed.
Clinical Director Sally Lansdale was a long term sufferer of a herniated disc which was finally resolved when she underwent IDD Therapy in Scotland.
If you are suffering with a herniated disc in the lower back or neck, come along and see us to find out how we can help you.
We offer two ways for you to come and see us:
- 45 minute full assessment and consultation
- Free IDD Therapy assessment
- Got a question or would like to make an appointment?
- Call 020 7100 4598 or email email@example.com.
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