Do You Know Disc Injury Can Be Very Dangerous And Life Threatening? What Is Disc Injury?
This is an injury to the intervertebral discs most often caused by inappropriate movement of the back and or lifting too heavy. The middle of the disc can move along cracks, therefore causing continual low back pain. Moreover, people exercising, aging, or a physical job where there are many movements in bending, are more likely to get a disc injury.
There are Two Types of Disc Cracks
The cracks mainly affect the lumbar area. The L4-L5 and L5-S1 discs are particularly exposed. There are two types of cracks.
Radial cracks: They occur in the immediate surroundings of the nucleus, usually in trauma or due to bad posture. The larger these cracks, the more the core can infiltrate.
- Annular cracks: They occur at the periphery of the disc, usually from repeated forced bending.
Symptoms Of Disc Fissure
The crack produces what is more commonly known as “lumbago” or short but painful low back pain. Our doctor at Kennewick Chiropractic Injury Clinic has seen these symptoms in our patients:
- Constant pain that comes right away after the wrong movement
- Limited movements
- Reduced ability to move the spine
Also, sometimes the patient adopts a position that can take away the pain.
How Is The Diagnosis Made?
Only an MRI can detect a fissure but the use of medical imaging is not the initial recommendation for back pain. Only in cases of repeated low back pain or failure of rehabilitation after 2 months will a further examination be required.
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Treatment Of Disc Fissures
The fissure is treated like low back pain. The medical representatives at the Kennewick Chiropractic Injury Clinic prescribes pain relieving medicine such as non-steroidal inflammatory drugs or even oral cortisone for about a week. Infiltration will be prescribed only in case of failure of medical treatment. However, one should also avoid movements and positions that could aggravate the pain and prevent the fissure from healing. In particular things such as tilting forward, carrying heavy loads, driving for several hours, or high impact sports should be avoided. However, it is essential to keep moving, especially not to stay bedridden! Your doctor can advise you on the gentle activities you can continue to do while the disc is healing, without the risk of aggravating the fissure. Allow about 3 weeks to allow the fissure to heal.
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Are There Complications?
Our staff at Kennewick Chiropractic Injury Clinic advise that there can be complications.
A fissure repeated in the same place, or which has not been able to heal, may eventually cause a herniated disc. Part of the nucleus can come out of the disc and compress the nerve in the spinal canal. In nearly 80% of cases, the hernia is treated without going through surgery. Medical treatment (the same as for the crack) and rehabilitation sessions performed by a physiotherapist, can be healed. But if no improvement is seen after 2 to 3 months of intensive treatment, and if the pain is too severe, the surgeon can propose the operation.
Tips To Avoid Disc Cracks
Kennewick Chiropractic Injury Clinic suggests these safety measures:
- Pay attention to sudden movements of torso and bust.
- Protect your lower back by not lifting too heavy of loads. Also, remember to bend your knees instead of leaning forward when you pick up an object.
- Focus on exercises to strengthen your back, also your ab and leg muscles too.
You can learn the right exercises at our clinic. As a matter of fact, it is never too late to strengthen your body. Kennewick Chiropractic Injury Clinic also provides chiropractic services coupled with massage therapy. Furthermore, these things can be helpful for the treatment of a disc injury.
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If you think that your pain is very serious and also if you found that everything you have done is not working, contact our medical representatives of Kennewick Chiropractic Injury Clinic.
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