A ruptured disc can develop anywhere in the spine (from neck to your lower back) and occurs when the hard outer wall of one of the intervertebral disc develops a crack resulting in leakage of the jellylike inner core into the spinal canal. This material can press against the nerve roots and can lead to a number of uncomfortable symptoms such as pain, tingling and muscle weakness.
Causes of a ruptured disc
The disc may develop crack due to any of the following reasons:
Risk factors of a ruptured disc
Along with the above reasons, following factors increase the chances of a person to develop ruptured disc:
Common symptoms of a ruptured disc
Symptoms of a ruptured disc depend upon the location of rupture and may include any of the following:
Diagnosis of ruptured disc
In addition to thorough history taking and physical examination of the patient, following diagnostic tests are performed to confirm the existence of ruptured disc:
Treatment for a ruptured disc
Initial treatment of a ruptured disc involves conservative treatment options like prescription medication, physical therapy and modified activity. If these does not work then open back surgery called microdiskectomy or laminectomy is performed to relieve the symptoms of ruptured disc.
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