The Dreaded Prolapsed Disc

The Slipped Disc Situation. It may not have happened to you, but everyone has heard of it or seen a sufferer. Yes, it is indeed a suffering. The slipped disc as it is conventionally called has caused a lot of discomfort at its minor stage itself. Severe cases even lead to partial paralysis. Disc prolapse is often caused by incident but the road leading up to the incident is paved with a history of bad postures and extreme spinal curvature and repetitive stress injuries. All this is paying the piper for the benefit of modernity. When we harm the lordosis of the spine (the distortion of the natural curvature of the spine), the complications that arise from such kyphosis can be varied. It could be anything ranging from a nagging pain to complete debilitation.

The approach to a slipped disc begins with the discovery. People with chronic back pain often attribute it to muscular issues and do not consider a prolapsed disc, unless the pain is very severe. Identification of a prolapsed disc is very important not just for early effective treatment, but also for complications that may arise due to worsening of condition. A visit to a physician would predicate a consultation with a consummate professional orthopaedician like Dr. Navaladi Shankar, and with the adequate X-rays and diagnosis, the exact vertebrae where the prolapse has occurred can be arrived at with relative ease.

Before beginning the treatment, let us visit what a prolapse actually is. The spinal column is composed of sets of bones called the vertebra which are stacked one on top of the other, and the critical spinal cord runs through these vertebrae. Now these vertebral bones are extremely dense and strong, yet their evolutionary design is such that the column can twist and bend to afford movement to the torso. Therefore, in order to prevent wearing of the bones as they move against each other and to protect the spinal cord, evolution has developed the discs of tissue with a soft centre and a tough outer ring that prevent the bones from touching each other and the sensitive nerves. Over a period of time, with repetitive stress or die to accidents, a disc may rupture and may come in contact with nerves or the worst case the spine. His would lead to severe pain and in some cases paralysis or numbing even.

Surgical intervention is often the best recourse for a Prolapsed Disc. There are modern day interventions like chiropractic procedures, but there are no certified solutions and are pretty much the word of mouth and a case to case scenario. Orthopaedic surgery is well established and is the best solution out there. The procedures are minimally invasive too, where there is a pin hole incision through which the vertebrae are pulled aside and the filler is inserted. This would relieve the physical contact and compressions even. The procedures are for the most part performed as outpatient procedures itself. That is the degree of advancement we witness in today’s surgery.

At Navaladi Endospine Surgery, a holistic approach to the Prolapsed Disc is the key mantra and the decades of raw experience manifests itself as expertise in presenting perfect solutions.

There’s no reason to live in pain.