Expert Solutions for Severe Pain from Slipped, Herniated, Prolapsed, and Bulging Discs at Sussex Back Pain Clinic

Living with disc-related back pain can be incredibly challenging. Conditions such as herniated, prolapsed, or bulging discs, often called ‘slipped’ discs, can cause intense, severe pain that disrupts your daily life. At Sussex Back Pain Clinic, we specialise in diagnosing and treating these conditions, offering ways to help ease your pain.

Understanding What Causes Disc Problems

Despite the common term ‘slipped’ disc, the disc does not actually slip. The problem lies in the disc wall (annulus), which can bulge (prolapse) or burst (herniate). This could be due to things like incorrect posture, poor muscle support, past injuries, or damaging work habits.

Identifying Symptoms: It's Not Just About Pain

Symptoms of conditions like slipped, herniated, prolapsed, or bulging discs can vary a lot. They depend on where the problem is and how severe it is. These conditions could be completely pain-free or cause serious symptoms. These symptoms can include severe pain in the leg and lower back, and in rare cases, foot and leg paralysis or loss of bladder and bowel control.

Acting Early: Your First Step

If you’re feeling any pain radiating down your limbs, you should get it checked as soon as possible, ideally within 72 hours. Early treatment can often stop the condition from getting worse and more painful. Ignoring even a mild backache or severe stiffness in the morning, or any pain that spreads into the leg, could lead to permanent damage, especially to the sciatic nerve.

Emergency Symptoms: When You Need Immediate Help

If you start to feel numb around the back passage or unusual feelings or numbness in both your legs, it’s important to seek immediate emergency medical advice. These could be signs of a serious condition known as Cauda Equina Syndrome.

Sussex Back Pain Clinic: Your Partner in Dealing With Disc Conditions

At Sussex Back Pain Clinic, we’re experts at assessing, diagnosing, and treating conditions related to slipped, herniated, prolapsed, or bulging discs.

If you’ve had symptoms for less than three months, early treatment with osteopathy can be very helpful. Our osteopaths can find out the physical causes of your disc disorder and provide gentle treatments to manage these issues.

IDD Therapy: A Comprehensive Treatment Approach

For patients whose symptoms have continued for more than three to six months, we recommend IDD Therapy Spinal Decompression. This non-surgical treatment targets specific parts of the spine with a computer-controlled decompression device. It effectively reduces pressure on the affected discs and joints, promoting the supply of healing nutrients to the discs.

This cutting-edge treatment has helped hundreds of our patients to get relief from their chronic pain and avoid the need for surgery. However, the course of treatment can vary for each person, and multiple sessions may be required for the best results.

Start Your Journey to Pain Relief Today

Don’t let pain control your life. Contact Sussex Back Pain Clinic today, and let us help you on your journey to relief. Remember, treating the problem early can often lead to better outcomes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

These terms are often used interchangeably, but they all relate to different kinds of disc disorders. A slipped disc is a non-medical term often used to describe a range of disc issues. A herniated disc refers to a situation where the disc’s soft, gel-like inner part leaks out due to a rupture in the disc wall. A prolapsed disc refers to a bulge in the disc wall, while a bulging disc describes a disc that has extended beyond its usual place in the vertebral column.

Symptoms of disc disorders can vary widely, depending on the location and severity of the disc issue. Common symptoms include sciatica, radiating pain into the arm or leg, and sometimes shifts from initial back or neck pain to leg or arm pain. In rare and severe cases, a herniated disc can lead to paralysis of the foot and leg and loss of control of bladder and bowel functions. If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s crucial to get checked promptly.

For symptoms lasting less than three months, early intervention with osteopathic treatment can be highly beneficial. For longer-lasting symptoms, IDD Therapy Spinal Decompression is recommended. Our experts at Sussex Back Pain Clinic will assess your condition and recommend the best course of treatment for your specific case.

While an MRI scan can provide a detailed view of your discs and help confirm the diagnosis, not every disc disorder requires an MRI. The need for an MRI will depend on your symptoms, their severity, and how they respond to initial treatment.

If your symptoms have persisted for more than six months, it’s possible that more intensive treatment may be required. At Sussex Back Pain Clinic, we recommend considering treatments such as IDD Therapy Spinal Decompression. However, each case is unique, and we would assess your individual situation to recommend the best course of action.

IDD Therapy, or Intervertebral Differential Dynamics Therapy, targets specific areas of the spine using computer-controlled forces to provide relief for disc conditions. This precise, progressive treatment can significantly reduce pressure on affected discs and joints, which is often the source of pain and discomfort. The process promotes better circulation in the disc area, which in turn encourages the delivery of healing nutrients to the affected discs. For conditions like herniated or bulging discs, this can promote repositioning of the disc material, leading to relief from symptoms. This non-invasive therapy is particularly beneficial for patients whose symptoms have persisted for three to six months or longer.

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