Treatment for Slipped Disc

Slipped disc treatment

Best treatment for slipped disc needs to be individually tailored approach since every spine derangement is slightly different than other ones.


Slipped disc is a common term used to describe the structural change in the spine alignment resulting with one of the spinal discs slipping out of the position and pressing on the spinal nerve root. This usually manifests with the back or neck pain sometimes associated with the referred symptoms like pain, numbness or pins and needles travelling distally from the spine. Slipped disc can occur in every part of the spine like your neck, middle back or lower back. Another term describing similar situation is a “bulging disc” or,, herniated disc in the spine”.


Nowadays as a result of our modern lifestyle loads of people suffer from the form of mechanical back or neck pain. Mechanical pain means the pain occuring as a result of improper back mechanics (wrong movement or position). Bad spine mechanics (ergonomics) result with the overload on the spine tissues which leads to the structural changes in the spine. In other words spine under too much of the pressure can start to lose its structure and discs can get out of their places causing the slipped disc. These structural changes happen because of the fact that more and more often we use our spines in a wrong way, in the way which doesn’t respect the anatomy and natural spine mechanics. First of all we are not design to spend most of our lives by sitting, particularly sitting in a wrong way. That puts this excess pressure on the spine tissues and results with the structural changes (discs start to slip out under too much of the pressure). Slipping disc is a form of the disc dislocation, we call it disc derangement. Disc derangement can also happen as a result of dynamic pressure like lifting and other situations being able to damage the tissues and affect the spine alignment (fall on the back, car accident, or repetitive bending forward).


There will be different symptoms depending on the severity and type of the disc derangement (slipped disc). Most commonly people experience back pain (can be the neck, middle back or lower back) and some form of the referred symptoms like pain travelling down the leg or arm,(in case of the slipped disc in the middle back pain can travel towards the chest as well), pins and needles in the limb, numbness or shooting sensation down the arm or leg, weakness or heaviness of the limb. Sometimes the pain is very severe and prevents any activity, sometimes can be milder but if you experience any travelling symptoms towards the arm, leg or chest the chances are there is a pressure on one of the nerve roots in the spine caused by the slipped disc. Saying that the referred pain is not the only symptom determining either you suffer from the slipped disc or not, sometimes the symptoms are only in the back or neck (don’t travel to the limbs or chest) but still originate from the mechanical, structural change in the spine like a slipped disc. From the therapy point of view it’s very important to determine whether the symptoms originate from the spine or are muscular in nature, since they require completely different therapeutic approach. That’s also one of the reasons why many people suffer from the chronic back or neck problems while attending various types of the therapies for years – the real cause of their symptoms is often misunderstood and the treatment is misdirected.


Since the slipped disc is a form of dislocation in the spine to reverse that mechanism the therapy should be focused on correct disc positioning and the maintenance of the spine alignment. This goal can be achieved by the repetition of certain exercises, awareness of the proper ergonomics, or if needed spinal mobilization performed by the physiotherapist. It sounds simple, but in fact the treatment for the slipped disc often differs and needs to be very specific, depending on the underlying causes and also depending on the exact type and severity of the problem. That’s why the therapy should be definitely individually tailored and specific for your type of derangement (every derangement is slightly different in terms of direction and the level of dislocation). The general approach like your traditional strengthening or back stretching exercises can usually do more harm than good in a case of the disc derangement since depending on your particular type of dislocation some movements will be good for you but some of them will cause even further misalignment. That’s why in case of back or neck injury always consult the therapist before applying any sort of movement strategy to fix it.


In Back2Balance Spine and Sports Injury Clinic we work with the evidence based modern approach methods specialising in dealing with the spine issues. The example can be The McKenzie Method which is the world leading treatment for the structural spine problems like a slipped disc. This method provides us with the very detailed knowledge about the spine and its mechanics. It also provides us with the great diagnostic tools which allow to treat you in the most specific, effective and safe way. It’s all about finding out what is exactly happening in your spine and how we can reverse the mechanism of your injury effectively. So it’s all down to the very specific knowledge about the spine mechanics, clinical manifestations and understanding of the symptoms and their behaviour in order to apply the most effective individually tailored treatment strategy. The old fashioned approach like the same treatment or generic exercises for everybody who has a , bad back’ doesn’t seem to be working for the patients with the slipped disc.

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