WHAT IS A SLIP DISC?

Brahmhomeo
2 min readJun 12, 2024

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A slip disc, also known as a herniated or prolapsed disc, is a condition where one of the rubbery cushions (discs) between the vertebrae in the spine bulges or ruptures, causing the soft inner material to protrude out.

CAUSES OF SLIP DISC:

• Age-related degeneration: Loss of flexibility in spine discs increases herniation risk.
• Injury or trauma: Sudden physical stress or trauma can cause disc herniation.
• Repetitive movements: Activities involving repetitive bending, twisting, or lifting increase risk.
• Obesity: Excess weight strains discs, increasing herniation risk.
• Genetics: Predisposition to weaker discs or spinal conditions increases risk.

SYMPTOMS OF SLIP DISC:

• Back pain: Sharp, shooting, or radiating pain in the lower back or neck
. • Leg or arm pain: Pain, numbness, or tingling that radiates down the affected extremity.
• Muscle weakness: Compression of the nerve root can lead to muscle weakness or movement difficulty.
• Numbness or tingling: Nerve compression can cause sensations in the extremities.

DIAGNOSIS OF SLIP DISC:

• Medical history and physical examination: Assessing symptoms, neurological tests, and checking for movement or muscle weakness.
• Imaging tests: MRI or CT scans for detailed spine images and identification of herniated discs or nerve compression.
• Nerve conduction studies or EMG: Assessing extent of nerve damage or compression caused by the herniated disc.

TYPES OF SLIP DISC:

• Protrusion: Bulging disc material within outer layer (annulus fibrosus).
• Extrusion: Rippling disc material into spinal canal. • Sequestration: Fragment breaks off and separates from main disc.

ADVERSE EFFECTS OF SLIP DISC:

• Chronic pain due to persistent nerve root compression.
• Muscle weakness and atrophy due to prolonged nerve compression.
• Bladder or bowel dysfunction in rare cases due to severe nerve compression.
• Permanent nerve damage and disability if not treated promptly.

DIET IN SLIP DISC:

• Maintain a healthy weight to prevent disc herniation and pain.
• Increase consumption of anti-inflammatory foods like omega-3 fatty acids.
• Stay hydrated to maintain proper disc hydration and nutrient delivery.
• Limit inflammatory foods like processed foods, sugary drinks, and saturated fats.
• Consider supplements like glucosamine, chondroitin, or turmeric.
• Effective management involves pain management, physical therapy, exercise, and surgery. Balanced diet, healthy weight, and spine-minimizing lifestyle aid recovery.

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Brahmhomeo

DR PRADEEP KUSHWAHA (Consulting Homeopath, Counsellor, Lecturer, Researcher and Health Guide) M.D.(Medicine), M.D.(A.M.) B.H.M.S. PG(Homeo) — LONDON. Reg.