Back Pain / Lower Back Pain / Backache – Disc Slip
Dr. Waqas Mehdi is specialist doctor for Spine, Spinal, Backache, Sciatica, Upper or Lower Back Pain or Spine Surgery. Due to his accurate diagnosis and surgical skills, he is considered best Pakistani Spine Specialist in Lahore. He is well regarded by other Neurosurgeons, Neuro physicians, Neurologists, general practitioners (GP’s) or other Pakistani doctors as well and patients are referred to him from all cities of Pakistan including Faisalabad, Kasur, Chakwal, Narowal, Shaikhupura, Okara, Gujrat, Sargodha, Multan, Mansehra etc. For consultation and treatment of any of brain/spine related diseases, Please contact him during his clinic hours in Punjab Medical Center, Jail Road (Gulberg), Lahore.
What is slipped Disc / Raptured Disc / Herniated discs
Herniated discs, often referred to as “ruptured” or “slipped” disc/disk , are a common spinal condition, and is one of the main causes of backache/back pain/lower back pain. It may be caused by trauma, stress to the area or changes over time known as degenerative disc disease. A herniated disc occurs when the cartilage shock absorber between the bones of the spine displaces into the spinal canal, causing compression of one of the spinal nerves. If the outer rim of the disc (also know as the annulus fibrosus) is torn, the disc contents (nucleus pulposus) can press out into the spinal canal. When this happens, a nerve root can be compressed by the disc contents.
Diagnosing a slipped disc
Neurosurgeon will normally diagnose a slipped disc from your symptoms and medical history. They may also carry out a physical examination to test your:
- muscle strength
- walking ability
- sensation in your limbs
Diagnosis may be made with X-rays to rule out other causes, computed tomography (CT or CAT scan), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or discogram.
Treatment of slipped disc
It can take about four to six weeks to recover from a slipped disc Treatment usually involves a combination of physical therapy, such as massage and exercise, and medication to relieve the pain.
Surgery may be required to release the compressed nerve and remove part of the disc, in severe cases, or if the pain continues for longer than six weeks. When surgery is necessary, procedures may involve a cervical discectomy, lumbar discectomy, lumbar laminectomy or spinal fusion.
In many cases, a slipped disc will eventually shrink back away from the nerve and the pain will ease as the disc stops pressing on the affected nerve. Often the slipped disc will stay pressing on the nerve, but the pain goes away because the brain learns to “turn down the volume” on the pain messages coming from the nerve.
If you have a slipped disc, it is very important to contact a neurosurgeon / Spine Specialist as soon as possible.
Lower back pain and sciatica caused by herniated discs and / or trapped nerves may require highly sophisticated neurosurgery, such as endoscopic microdisectomy, and this form of treatment requires a neurosurgeon who further specialises in this method. Dr. Waqas Mehdi
Dr. Waqas Mehdi is one of top spine surgeons of Pakistan. He has done a huge number of disc surgeries as Neurosurgeon Consultant, in Mayo Hospital Lahore.. He is the best Spine specialist in Lahore, Pakistan and a large number of patients across the Pakistan (from cities like Chakwal, Shaikhupura, Narowal, Shakargarh, Kasur, Faisalabad, sialkot, sahiwal, Gujrat, Narowal, etc) have got their spine surgical treatment from him, and are living normal pain-free life now. If you’re suffering from neck pain, back pain, lower back pain, backache, slipped disc, or degenerative disc diseases, feel free to contact Dr. Waqas Mehdi for best possible treatment.