Your spine is protected by discs that work like shock-absorbing pads between the bones (vertebrae) of the spine. The term “slipped disc” is a common reference for a herniated disc. To clarify … discs don’t literally “slip,” but they can bulge, split or rupture in different areas of the spine; causing pain, numbness or tingling in the neck, lower back, buttocks, and legs.
Causes and risk factors of a slipped disc
Slipped or herniated discs, if left untreated, can cause permanent nerve damage and even loss of bladder and bowel control. Those who are most at risk of developing slipped or herniated discs include:
- Obese adults
- People between the ages of 30 and 50
- Less physically active people
Other risk factors include:
- Having a family history of herniated discs
- Working a job that involves repetitive actions
- Performing a physically demanding job
What is the best treatment for a slipped disc?
It is possible to treat a slipped disc with home remedies such as applying heat or ice, exercising moderately and taking other steps to help reduce pain and make the injured area stronger.
But when home treatments don’t work, and your pain is interrupting your professional and personal life, it’s time for advanced care. Dr. Tom Porter is a board-certified, experienced pain specialist offering some of the most advanced and highly effective back pain solutions in Davenport & Orlando.
Take your life back with innovative care for a painful slipped disc
Whether you’re suffering from a herniated disc or degenerative disc disease, next-generation pain relief is close by at Right Path Pain & Spine Centers. Dr. Porter leads our team in performing a range of leading-edge treatments, including stem cell and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapies. These techniques leverage the regenerative abilities of your own body to heal itself and have helped hundreds of people enjoy unprecedented, long-lasting pain relief.
To learn more or schedule an appointment, call 866-522-4942 or click here to request an appointment online.