Slip Disc – Disc Herniation - Ayurveda
What is a Disc?
The Spine is made up of the vertebrae (the bones making up the spine), which have cartilage discs between them. The discs include a circle of connective tissue with a central gel-like core. It makes the spine flexible and at the same time, acts as a protective buffer.
In the center of this column of vertebrae and discs is the spinal canal, which contains the spinal cord, and it continues as a bundle of nerve fibers called the cauda equina stretching down towards the sacrum. Between every vertebra, the spinal cord has nerve root connections to other components of the body.
The spine divides into three parts:
1) Neck (cervical vertebrae)
2) Chest (thoracic vertebrae)
3) The lower back (lumbar vertebrae)
The spine attached to the ribs at the chest.
What is a Slipped Disc?
A slipped disc is when the soft portion of the disc bulges into the circle of connective tissue. This prolapse may push the spinal cord or the nerve roots. However, it is worth noticing that 20 percent of the populations have slipped discs without experiencing any noticeable symptoms.
The term ‘Slipped Disc’ does not describe the process accurately - the disc does not slip out of place but bulges out towards the spinal cord.
What is the cause of a Slipped Disc?
Many factors intensify the possibility for slipped disc as:
- Lifestyle decisions such as tobacco use, lack of regular exercise, and inadequate nutrition substantially contribute to poor disc health.
- As the body ages, natural biochemical changes cause discs to dry out, affecting disc strength and resiliency gradually.
- Poor posture, connected with the frequent use of incorrect body mechanics, hard physical labor (delivery), can place additional stress on the spine. Connect these components with the results of daily wear and tear, injury, incorrect lifting, or twisting, and it is easy to understand why a disc may herniate.A hernia might develop suddenly or gradually over weeks or months.
At what age can a Slipped Disc occur?
A slipped disc in the lower back is seen between the ages of 30 and 50. In the cervical vertebrae around the neck, slipped discs are seen between the ages of 40 and 60.
A slipped disc occurs most often in the lumbar region of the spine, especially at the L4-L5 and L5-S1 levels (L = Lumbar, S = Sacral). It is because the lumbar spine carries most of the body’s weight. People within the ages of 30 and 50 appear to be vulnerable because the elasticity and water content of the nucleus decreases with age.
What are the Symptoms of a Slipped Disc?
A slipped disc can be symptom-free. If it creates pain, it is essentially due to the pressure on the nerve roots, the spinal cord, or the cauda equina.
Symptoms of nerve root pressure:
Paralysis of single muscles, probably with pain diverging to the arms or legs. There may also be a disturbance of feeling in the limbs.
Symptoms of pressure on the spinal cord:
Change of feeling, muscle spasms, or paralysis in the part of the body below the spinal cord pressure. For example, stress on the spinal cord in the chest area will cause spasms in the legs but not in the arms. Pressure on the spinal cord may cause issues with control of the bladder.
Symptoms of pressure on the cauda equina:
The symptoms can involve loss of control of the bladder function, disturbance of feeling in the rectum and the inside of the thighs and paralysis of both legs. These are severe symptoms, and anyone developing them should contact a doctor immediately.
What happens in an Ayurvedic session?
The initial consultation involves taking the entire health history of the patient. A visual analyze is carried out by examining the eyes, color of the tongue, nails, skin, etc. Once the verbal and visual analysis is completed, the further investigation involves examining the tender points (marma points). Concentrating on these marma points, the ayurvedic physician discovers the malfunctioning of the organs. Ayurvedic treatment for Slip Disc in Warangal has firmly gained the success rate.
Based on these investigations, a final picture is drawn about the patient’s condition with the three biochemical forces,Vata Pitta Kapha. The dis-alignment of spinal vertebrae and the musculoskeletal system is mainly concentrated, and special attention is paid to the patient’s food habits and lifestyle. With full records and investigation, the ayurvedic physician decides the amount of treatment required.
Usually, the Slip Disc Ayurvedic Treatment period is 7/14/21/28 days consistent with the severity of the disease.
The Treatment usually involves a series of ABHYANGAM, SWEDAM, NASYAM, ELAKIZHI, NAVARAKIZHI, KATI VASTHI, KASHAYA VASTHI & ANUVASANA VASTHI, etc. Marma chikitsa, Meru Chikitsa (Ayurvedic Neuro-Therapy) along with Vatahara chikitsa and Brumhana chikitsa are given utmost importance.
In four to six weeks, the majority of patients find their signs are relieved without surgery!
Be optimistic about your Slip Disc Treatment plan and remember that less than 5% of back problems require surgery!