Disk Problems

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Disk Problems


These are problems to the spinal disks. Disks are the cushion of tissue located between each of the vertebrae which makes up the spine.

What to look for


A lot of times, there are no physical symptoms for damaged disks. But if your disk problem directly touches or affects the spinal nerves, you may have one or more of the following symptoms: progressive development of neck or lower-back pain, perhaps intense on arising or when sneezing or coughing, sharp pain in the back, the numbness or tingling in an arm or leg, and possibly a weakness in either or both legs. Unable to bend or straighten your back and pain, If your spinal disks are damaged this can cause agonizing pain and discomfort. If you feel that you have pain you need to take that as a warning and to have your body treated as soon as possible before the problem becomes worse and leads to further complications.  Disks are pads of tissue situated between each of your vertebrae which makes up the spine. Each of the disc are made up of a tough, fibrous outer layer and a softer, jelly-like inner layer called the nucleus.

If  you have a slipped disc this simply means that the tough outer layer cracks open and the softer inner layer protrudes out through the crack. If the inner layer presses on any surrounding nerves, it can cause the symptoms of a slipped disc. This type of damage to a disk can be irreversible.

People who think that the disks are soft and flexible is wrong. The disk starts off soft when you are a child and then it gradually hardens during a lifetime. The most disk injuries happen in the lower back. Not all of the slipped disks presses on nerves, however, and for this reason, your doctor will usually order an x-ray to view the problem.



If you have an injury or everyday activity can also cause disk problems. Occasionally, although, there is no obvious cause. aging is often a cause of disk problems, as the fibrous tissue of the disk become harder and more brittle. Serious cases may be the result of a weakness in the collagen, this is the material that makes up cartilage, and poor muscle tone and obesity.



Yoga strengthens back muscles and relaxation to aid in preventing disk problems.

When to seek further professional advice

If you experience persistent pain in the upper or lower back Your back pain is followed by fever you have sudden loss of feeling or weakness in your hands or leg.

Alternative/Natural Treatments

Besides pain relief and rest, alternative therapies tend to focus on relaxation and gentle exercise.

Traditional Treatment


Both therapies will offer pain relief, rest and steps to reduce inflammation and measures to restore strength and normal activity. In serious cases herniated disks generally heal themselves, and surgery is rarely necessary. As any movement can increase the pain and discomfort doctors normally prescribe bed rest and pain killers. If the disk is temporarily distorted, the chances for complete recovery is excellent. When the outer membrane actually breaks and loses some of its centre, however, the damage may be permanent unless more aggressive steps are taken.

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-21