Frequently Asked Questions
1. Are herniated discs common?
Up to 2% of people in the US experience a herniated disc each year. The most common cause of pain in the neck, arms, back, legs, and/or feet is herniated discs (sciatica). Herniated discs can arise anywhere along the spine, but they most frequently do so in the neck or lower back.
2. Who can get a herniated disc?
Herniated discs are most common in people between the ages of 30 and 50. Men are twice as likely to get a herniated disc as compared to women. Factors that increase the chances of disc herniation:
- Sitting for long periods in the same position.
- Being overweight.
- Lifting heavy objects.
- Repetitive bending or twisting motions for work, sports or hobbies.
3. What are the prospects for those who have herniated discs?
Up to 90% of persons with herniated disc discomfort experience relief on their own or with straightforward medical treatment. Within a month, you'll probably feel better. You should visit your healthcare practitioner if you don't. Some patients require more drastic medical treatments, such as surgery or spinal injections.
4. How bad may a herniated disc get?
Herniated discs can deteriorate if left untreated. This is particularly true if you maintain the behaviors that contributed to it, such as if it resulted from your occupation. Chronic (ongoing) discomfort, loss of feeling, and a worsening disc rupture can all occur in the affected area.
5. How can I prevent my disc from herniating?
Herniated discs cannot always be prevented. However, you can lower your risk by
- Employing appropriate lifting methods- keep your waist straight. Keep your back straight while bending your knees. Make use of your powerful leg muscles to support the weight.
- Maintain a healthy weight- the lower back is pressed by excess weight.
- Maintaining a straight spine- learn how to stand, sit, walk, and sleep with better posture. The tension on your spine is reduced by good posture.
- Stretching- if you frequently sit for extended periods of time, it's extremely crucial to take stretching breaks.
- Avoid wearing heels in your footwear- your spine is thrown out of alignment when you wear these shoes.
- Doing regular exercise- focus on exercises that will strengthen your back and abdominal muscles.
- Giving up smoking- smoking can damage discs and increase the risk of disc rupture.
6. How do I know if I need surgery for disc herniation?
- Herniated disc discomfort can initially be managed at home. But if you experience any of the following symptoms, you must see your surgeon immediately and may need a surgery:
- Pain hampering your routine activities
- Symptoms have not improved even after 6-8 weeks
- Symptoms have worsened over time.
- You start to lose control of your bladder or bowels.
- Your arms, hands, legs, or feet start to tingle, become numb, or lose strength.
- You have difficulty walking or standing.
7. How long does slipped disc surgery take?
Depending on the type of surgery, slipped disc surgery takes anywhere between 1-3 hours.
8. Is disc surgery painful?
While there is some discomfort from the surgical incision, many patients report that the pain from the herniated disc is quickly relieved. Pain alleviation may take longer in patients who have endured nerve compression and the accompanying symptoms for a prolonged period of time.