Are you suffering from Disc Injury & Sciatica?
The intervertebral discs are the shock absorbers of the spine and help to distribute pressure. There is a tough outer layer called the annulus fibrosus and a gel-like inner core called the nucleus pulposus. As you grow older, there’s a reduction in the fluid content within the nucleus. This means discs in the spine may experience irritation more easily. The most common age to develop a prolapsed disc is between 30 and 50 years. Twice as many men as women are affected. A prolapsed disc is rare in anyone under 20 years of age.
There is nerve supply to only the outer third of the disc which means damage to the outer fibres can be extremely painful and especially if the bulge presses on a nerve. Our osteopaths are highly skilled at diagnosing disc irritations and bulges (we don’t call them slipped discs as they are very stable structures held in place by strong ligaments). We can also refer for an MRI if further imaging is required.
Sciatica can occur with a herniated disc if the disc presses on the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve connects the spine to the legs. As a result, sciatica can cause pain in the legs and feet. This pain usually feels like burning, or pins and needles.
Common Disc Complaints that Present to Our Team Are:
- Intervertebral Disc Irritation
- Disc Bulge or Herniation (most commonly in lumber & cervical spine)
- Radiculopathy or Pins and Needles