Lumbar Slipped Disc

Lumbar Slipped Disc

What is Lumbar Slipped Disc?

A slipped disc in the neck can be a cause of neck and arm pain. This condition tends to be most prevalent in the 30-50 age group and is rare outside this group. A slipped disc is less common in the neck than in the lower back. The discs consist of a tough outer fibrous layer that surrounds a gel-like nucleus. Repeated stress and overuse during neck movements, for example in machine operators and keyboard users, can lead to degeneration of the outer layer of the disc. If this degeneration is sufficient the nucleus material is liable to ‘prolapse’ out of the disc. If the direction of the disc prolapse is back and to the side, it may press on what is called a nerve root, causing pain down one of the arms.

Signs and Symptoms

Common symptoms of a lumbar slipped disc include, severe pain in the back and legs, muscle spasms, and arm pain.

Treatment Options

Common treatment options for a lumbar slipped disc includes rest, a back pain pillow, physiotherapy, and traction.

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