Disc herniation is most common between the forties and fifties.The reason for this is that the natural aging process of the spinal disks begins in the childhood and early youth, so it is not surprising that the disease occurs to a person with twenty years of age.On the other hand, after fifty years discs lose a substantial amount of water, so they are less likely to “leak”.
Symptoms of herniation differ when it comes to the lumbar or cervical spine.
Lumbar disc herniation SYMPTOMS
- Pain in the lower back
- Numbness or pain that runs down the leg
- Pain in the gluteal region
- Numbness or pain in the calves
- Pain in the knee or around
- Body posture is distorted
- Numbness in the feet – annealing
- Failure to control urination
- Poor control of foot
- Pain at startup hull (body stretching, leaning, bending, rotation)
- Sexual dysfunction
- Annealing leg or cold sensation in the legs
Herniation NECK SYMPTOMS
- Numbness of the hands and fingers
- Pain in the hands
- Pain in the shoulders (one or both)
- Weakness of the muscles on the hands
- Painful and limited movement of the neck
- Neck stiffness
- Headaches and migraines
- Problems with eyes and eyesight
- Pain between the shoulder blades
- Fatigue, nausea and dizziness
- In case of contact with the spinal cord there are problems with your entire body.
WHAT IS herniation and what are the causes of disease?
Spine disc consists of a fibrous ring that surrounds the gelatinous core, which contains a lot of water.Time eventually will lead to weakening of the ring, small cracks and breakage so when the gelatin content leaks – the discs start to press the nerve, which leads to a well-known condition called sciatica. In addition to hereditary factors, which we can not influence, a herniated disc can be caused by the excessive workload and insufficient relief of the spine. The feeding of the discs works on the principle of sponges (since they have no blood vessels) – upright increases pressure in them, crowding out harmful substances, while resting or sitting with a backrest angle of 45 degrees, the pressure decreases and nutrients entering the discs. Modern lifestyle brings in too much load (mainly sitting and standing), and little relief, leading to malnutrition and rapid deterioration of the discs.Also because of poor posture, obesity, smoking and lack of physical activity, the muscles of the body become weak, and they in addition to disk drives also are important to provide support for the spine.
A herniated disc is usually treated conservatively with analgetics (medications to reduce pain and inflammation), cooling in the loin (not heated, as there may be even more nerve inflammation and stronger pain), physical agents (laser, magnet, electric … ). Kinesitherapy and hydrotherapy can be used only when the pain calms down with the painkillers.Treatment of herniation usually lasts from several weeks to several months.
Herniation recovery operations
In the case of complications, disc herniation must be operated. In addition, there are grounds for urgent surgical treatment – condition called Kauda equina (other than pain, there is a pronounced weakness in the legs, numbness of the seat region and the inability to urinate and performing bowel movements or inability of their detention), as well as muscle weakness (most often the inability walk on toes or heels on one leg). After surgical treatment there is a chance that the remaining part of the disc again to leak and there is bigger the risk of rapid deterioration on the other discs. However, in most cases, these complications are successfully avoided with regular exercise for the spine.
Herniation NATURAL TREATMENT
Since this is a very serious health problem that sometimes demands spine surgery, phytotherapy can only help but not cure this disease.
Cut a mediocre potato into slices and bandage it on the painful spots.Also you can fry the potato with oil and ten cloves of garlic (previously squashed) and put the hot mixture onto the painful areas and hold it the next 3 h.