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Lumbar Disc Herniation
What is Lumbar Disc Herniation?
Lumbar Disc Herniation, also known as a slipped disc, is a medical condition affecting the spine in which a tear in the outer, fibrous ring of an intervertebral disc allows the soft, central portion to bulge out beyond the damaged outer rings. Disc herniation is usually due to age-related degeneration of the outer ring, known as the anulus fibrosus, although trauma, lifting injuries, or straining have been implicated as well. A herniated disc may be referred to by many names, such as a slipped disc, or a ruptured or bulging disc. Another common term for a herniated disc is a pinched nerve. This term describes the effect the herniated disc material has on a nearby nerve as it compresses or "pinches" that nerve.
A lumbar herniated disc may also be described in reference to its main symptoms, such as sciatica, which is caused by the leaked disc material affecting the large sciatic nerve. When a nerve root in the lower back that runs into the large sciatic nerve is irritated, pain and symptoms may radiate along the path of the sciatic nerve: down the back of the leg and into the foot and toes.
Risk Factors for Lumbar Herniated Disc
Factors that may add to the risk of developing a lumbar herniated disc include:
- Age: The most common risk factor is being between the ages of 35 and 50.
- Gender: Men have roughly twice the risk for lumbar herniated discs compared with women.
- Physically demanding work: Jobs that require heavy lifting and other physical labor have been linked to a greater risk of developing a lumbar herniated disc. Pulling, pushing, and twisting actions can add to risk if they’re done repeatedly.
- Obesity: Excess weight makes one more likely to experience a lumbar herniated disc and 12 times more likely to have the same disc herniate again, called a recurrent disc herniation.
- Smoking: Nicotine limits blood flow to spinal discs, which speeds up disc degeneration and hampers healing and the disc gets much worse
- Family history: The medical literature has shown a hereditary tendency for disc degeneration, and disc degeneration is associated with an increased risk for a herniation.
- Consultation & Education: The first step towards a successful treatment is consultation and education. This includes a detailed history and physical examination and review of previous records with the patient. At this stage our specialists will recommend the appropriate medication regimen.
- Decompression Therapy: This treatment targets the disc to provide negative intra-discal pressure which improves blood flow and hydration of the affected disc. This creates the best possible healing environment to improve spinal disease. Intervertebral Disc Decompression is an advanced nonsurgical technology. It comprises of a series of treatment sessions that are specifically designed for each patient.
- Non-Surgical Pain Procedures: These procedures are an integrated part of our successful protocol of non-surgical treatment, and it ensures success rates. A series of therapeutic injections are administered to very specific areas of the spine to alleviate pain that would otherwise interfere with daily life. Our Pain Physicians are skilled in using this advanced method of Pain Management with care and safety. We use C-ARM and ultrasound guide for precise placement of the needle for effectiveness and to avoid any potential side effect.
- Nutrition & Wellness: We believe that the patient’s active participation in the treatment protocol produces long-lasting results. We review all conditions as well as risk factors. We address many issues; such as smoking cessation, overweight problems, ergonomic posture, and exercises that can fit into any lifestyle or schedule. Implementing these changes will improve the chances of longlasting results so the patient can enjoy a normal active life.
Non Surgical Treatment For Spine Conditions
AMERICAN SPINE CENTER’s 360 protocol is unique and supported by evidence based medicine. It has been formulated in our primary branch in the USA and implemented in other branches in GCC and has been updated since 1991.
We have successfully treated more than 50,000 patients with this protocol at our branches in USA and GCC.
At American Spine Center we not only focus on treating the symptoms of the disease but also on the underlying root cause.
Our aim is to treat the patient as a whole with successful result.
AMERICAN SPINE CENTER’s 360 protocol is based on 4 key principles