Observed on 16 October every year, World Spine Day focuses on raising awareness on spinal health and other spine disorders. The day is observed as a part of the Bone and Joint Decade Action Week and was launched by the World Federation of Chiropractic in 2012.
The theme for World Spine Day 2019 is Get Spine Active! The theme aims to shine a light on the opportunity people have in preventing back and neck pain by movement and exercise, one of the key focuses in international health promotion.
On this World Spine Day, let us look at the different types of problems that can affect your spinal disc.What Are Spinal Disc Problems?
Excruciating pain in the back that restricts you from doing even the simplest of tasks? You may be suffering from spinal disc problems. Spinal discs are located between each bone of your spine act as a shock absorber for the spine.
Pain in your spinal disc is an indication or a warning signal that has to be given immediate medical attention, as spinal disc problems can be corrected with timely treatment .What Are The Complications Of Spinal disc Problems?
When you experience problems with one or more of your discs, it can negatively affect your day-to-day life as mentioned below :
The problems affecting your spinal disc are of different types and they are as follows :
The signs of the conditions vary according to its location, and the specific symptoms about the different types of spinal disc problems.
The symptoms of a herniated disc vary from one person to the other and are as follows :
The symptoms of a pinched nerve are as follows :
The symptoms of sciatica are as follows, and you may experience one or more of the symptoms which can be infrequent and irritating or it can become constant and incapacitating depending on the location of the affected nerve :
The symptoms of degenerative disc disease are as follows :
The symptoms of spinal stenosis vary according to the location of the narrowing. Hence, if you have cervical spinal stenosis occurring in the neck - the symptoms will be the following :
Lower back spinal stenosis symptoms are as follows:
The symptoms of the bulging disc are as follows :
Also, depending on the location of your bulging disc, you may experience these symptoms in different regions of your body.What Are The Risk Factors Of Spinal Disc Problems?
The primary cause of herniated disc is ageing and can also be caused by lifting heavy objects, traumatic events, like falling or blows to the back.
Pinched nerves are caused when excessive pressure is placed on your nerves. It can also be caused by the following :
The causes of sciatica are as follows:
Apart from the central cause of ageing, degenerative disc disease can be caused by the following :
The causes of spinal stenosis are as follows :
The causes of bulging discs are as follows:
The doctor will begin by asking checking your specific symptoms. A physical examination will be conducted to check the movements of your spine and legs to check your muscle strength, flexibility and reflexes.
Consequently, specific your symptoms, the doctor will advise for imaging scans, such as X-ray, CT or MRI scans .What Are The Treatments For Spinal Disc Problems?
For herniated disc, there are a variety of non-surgical options available and they are as follows :
Treatment options for pinched nerve are as follows :
Treatment options for sciatica are as follows :
Treatment options for degenerative disc disease are as follows :
Treatment options for spinal stenosis are as follows :
Treatment options for bulging disc are as follows :