Pain management practices for herniated disc

There are some very conventional disc herniated treatments, however, these treatments have failed to control the pain for a long time period. The conventional ways of treating herniated disc are proper rest or physical therapies. In case of too intense pain, doctors use to prescribe anti-inflammatory medication to patients. However, these treatments were not very useful in the long run.

What is the herniated disc?

There is a tire like structure in the body of human being which is known as anulus fibrosus. Another part of the spine is known as intervertebral disc. The purpose of intervertebral disc is to observe the spinal shock which creates when people move. The condition of the herniated disc occurs when a substance like liquid which is known as nucleus pulposus breaks through the annulus fibrosus and reduces the power of intervertebral disc of controlling the shock. The intensity of the pain caused by herniated disc increases at every stage of the disease. Herniated diseases have four stages which include disc protrusion, prolapsed disc, disc extrusion, and sequestered disc.

Stages of a herniated disc

The very first stage of the herniated disc is disc protrusion. This is the initial stage of degeneration of the tissues. Tissues start breaking at this stage and a small amount of substance leaves its place.

Prolapsed disc is the second stage of the herniated disc at which the degeneration increases and the break reach to its limit.

A disc extrusion is the stage at which the substance actually leaves its place after breaking to the annulus fibrosus completely. At this stage, the intensity of the pain increases and become unbearable.

The sequestered disc is the stage of the disease where the substance starts entering in other parts of the spine and travel to different joints.

At every stage, doctors use different Disc Herniation treatment to control the pain. At the first stage, doctors only prescribe anti-inflammatory medication to control the damage of the inner muscles; however, at further stages, doctors change the treatments. At 3rd and 4th stage, the only appropriate Disc Herniation treatment is surgery. However, there are more advanced non-surgical treatments for this disease.

The actual cause of the pain

The pain occurs when the intervertebral disc cannot observe the shock, but there is a whole process which results in pain. The pain actually occurs when the herniation links with the radiculopathy. This condition is known as a neurological deficit. This condition results from the sensory changes in the body or in the result of motor changes.

What are the diagnosis measures?

At first, doctors checks the movement reflexes of the patient. They make the patient lie down and make them move their legs in different directions to understand which movement or side actually cause the pain. Applying pressure on the spine increase the intensity of the pain which also helps in diagnoses the location of the pain. There are tests like straight-leg raising test, Neurological tests, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

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