Back, Ruptured Disk
Alternative names :- Herniated Disk, Slipped Disk, Herniated Nucleus Pulposus
Sudden or gradual break in the spine. The supportive ligaments surrounding a spinal disk (a cushion separating bony spinal vertebrae).
BODY PARTS INVOLVEDDisks of the neck or lower spine are the most common sites especially between the 4th and 5th lumbar vertebrae.
CausesWeakening and rupture of the disk material, creating pressure on nearby spinal nerves. Rupture of the disk is caused by sudden injury or chronic stress, such as from constant lifting or obesity.
Signs & Symptoms
In the lower back:
In the neck
Follow your doctor's instructions. These instructions are supplemental.
Apply ice packs to the painful area during the first 72 hours and occasionally thereafter, if they provide relief. Alternately, try to relieve pain with a heat lamp, hot showers, hot baths, warm compresses or a heating pad.
No special diet. Increase consumption of dietary fiber and drink at least 8 glasses of fluid a day to prevent constipation or fecal impaction due to decreased physical activity during treatment.
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