Herniated Discs tend to occur later in life. Here are some common causes:
A herniated disc is a condition in which the soft, spongy tissue between two of the vertebrae (bones) in your spine gets compressed. This compression causes part of the disc to bulge out or split open and can irritate nerves, resulting in pain, tingling sensations, numbness and/or muscle weakness.
A herniated disc is also referred to as a slipped disc, bulging disc, or ruptured disc. Treatment for a herniated disc usually involves physical therapy, medication and/or surgery depending on the severity of the condition.
When treating a herniated disc, an Osteopath may use manipulation techniques such as joint mobilisation to help relieve pain, reduce inflammation and improve range of motion. They may also apply various forms of massage therapy to the affected area, as well as recommend exercises and stretches to improve strength and flexibility. In addition to physical methods, an Osteopath may also recommend lifestyle changes such as improving posture, avoiding activities that put extra strain on the spine and strengthening core muscles. With consistent treatment, a herniated disc can be successfully managed and pain relieved.
The length of time it takes to recover from a herniated disc varies depending on the severity and location of the herniation, as well as the treatment plan implemented. While recovery times can range from a few days to several weeks or even months, most people with a herniated disc experience some degree of pain relief after 1-3 weeks of treatment. It is important to note that the healing process can take time and requires patience, consistency and proper care. Ultimately, with the right treatment plan and lifestyle modifications, a herniated disc can be successfully managed over time.
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