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Slipped Discs and Low Back Pain

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What is a slipped disc?

A ‘slipped disc’ is essentially the intervertebral disc pushed out of the spinal column by excessive force and pressure, or example, bending and twisting while lifting a heavy object. The protrusion of a disc can cause pain in the local area, however, if the protrusion is significant enough, it may compress/irritate a nerve in the buttock and leg area.

Typical symptoms:

  • Back/buttock and leg pain.
  • Pins and needles/numbness/ and weakness down the leg.
  • Lower back pain.
  • Numbness around the anal and genital region.
  • Paralysis of one or both legs.
  • Loss of bowel control (bowel incontinence).
  • Loss of bladder control (urinary incontinence).

 

Aggravating factors:

  • Flexing and/or bending forwards; this will push the disc further out.
  • Slumped posture while sitting.
  • Sedentary lifestyle.

 

Easing factors:

  • Extensions; this will help to push the disc back into place.
  • Keeping active.
  • Stretching.
  • Heat.

 

Management:

  • Home exercise plan that can be provided by a Physiotherapist.
  • Core strengthening exercises to help support your spine during functional movements.
  • Keeping active.
  • Avoid heavy lifting.

 

If you are concerned about any issues or problems you have, you can talk to me directly using our FREE Ask-A-Physio service online. I will give you my professional opinion and advice and hopefully work out a plan to getting you back to your best!

 

Abdel (Chartered Physiotherapist)

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