I have a ‘slipped’ disc, do I need treatment?

A lot of people suffer with back pain with many of them having a slipped disc. A disc or intervertebral disc is a fibrocartilaginous cushion that prevents compressive forces between the bones of the spine, acting as a shock-absorber. With a slipped disc or herniated disc the walls of it begin to tear and as a result the gel-like material bulges out.

A herniated disc is associated with:

  • Pain that extends to the upper or lower limbs.
  • Pins and needles or numbness.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Pain when walking, standing , sitting.
  • Shooting pain, tingling/burning sensation.
  • Muscle spasm

Managing a herniated disc:

In some cases a herniated disc gets better on its own or becomes asymptomatic. However, depending on the severity of the symptoms treatment is advised. Patients often start with a conservative care plan or they try a combination of treatment options until they find the most suitable approach for their condition. These treatment options are:

  • Physical therapy
  • Manipulation ( chiropractic )
  • Surgical intervention
  • Steroid injections
  • Ice and heat therapy
  • Exercise
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs

How long will it take to recover:

There are several factors that can impact the recovery time and it varies from person to person. A person’s age, the lifestyle , the treatment type and the extent of the problems are some of them. With a non-invasive treatment plan improvement of symptoms is expected within 3 months.

If you experience any signs of possible disc dysfunction, let us help. Book a free consultation with one of our specialists in Manchester or Leeds, we can provide you with treatment advice and support.

Andreas Ouogko MSc Chartered Physiotherapist.