What happened to my shock absorbe

Life can be painful enough, even without that ache in the back or cramp in the neck, but the soreness might be the result of a few torn muscles, according to Zaki Anwar, Medical Director of the Pain Management Institute. The diagnosis he says, can be a herniated disc somewhere along the spine, specifically if the pain is chronic, even crippling at times with movement. Spreads to legs, buttocks, arms and shoulder and occur with numbness and weakness

As many as 80 percent of adults in the united states experience one or more bout of neck or back pain at some point in their lives. As the spine involves a complicated arrangement of nerves, muscles, cartilage and ligaments and bone, not all the back or neck pain arise from disc herniation, however, disc herniation is a common underlying cause for the pain. Dr Zaki explains

Often known as the spine shock absorbers, spinal discs are gel filled sections found between the spine’s bony vertebrae. These disc help prevention of vertebrae from friction and maintains spinal pliability

Back injuries, spinal stress from lifting heavy loads or participating in sports, even the normal aging process where the disc loose water content and become more brittle, forces a disc’s outer membrane to crack and it’s inner core material to bulge out pressing the surrounding nerves

Spinal disc herniation also occurs when the connective tissues between the disc and spinal bone get torn. Sciatica, which causes pain in the lower back and buttocks with numbness in the leg, is  the conditions that develops when the lower spinal disc herniates and inflames the sciatic nerve.” Dr Zaki Anwar, MD

The good news

“Treatment choices for herniated disc are divers and surgery in not obligatory as the first step and the only approach to the management of the problems.” Dr Zaki Says

Facts and Stats

Statistics show that lesser than  2 percent of the patients with herniated disc require surgery. The ruptured disc has a tendency to heal itself within weeks in more than 60 percent of cases, with or sometimes without medical therapy
“Medical practitioners agree that over time, the bulging material from the herniated disc can shrink, either a portion of it is absorbed by the body naturally occurring mechanism or perhaps by result of spinal extension.” Dr. Zaki Anwer says “Soon as the ruptured disc gets smaller, it’s less likely to irritate the nerve roots surrounding”