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Slipped Disc/Disc Prolapse

Slipped disc is a medical condition that arises when there is a rupture in one of the discs of the vertebrae. In severe cases, one may be required to lie down in a certain position for hours or even days, in some acute cases .The discs are tissues located between each vertebrae. Each disc has 2 main components: an outer ring that is fibrous, called annulus fibrous and a gelatinous inner material called the nucleus pulpous. These jelly like substances acts as a cushioning material between each vertebrae and also helps them to maintain a proper position. When a crack develops, there is a bulging of the inner layer. The situation is analogous to the oozing out of toothpaste when a crack develops in the tube. This may irritate the neighboring nerves like the sciatic nerve. This causes back pain. The pain arising from the sciatic nerve may get propagated to other body parts too. This happens because of the fact that sciatic nerve is the longest nerve and has numerous branches. Due to this, symptoms are observed to start in the lower back portion and they propagate into either of the legs through the buttocks.

Conditions such as tingling sensation, numbness are the prominent ones among symptoms. However, the prolapsed disc can press other nerves also. When this occurs, symptoms like muscle spasm, decrease in bladder control (urinary incontinence) etc can occur. The pain intensity is much more during intense cough etc.

The diagnosis of this disorder is done on the basis of physical examination. Important tests done are as follows:

  • Sensation of the limbs.
  • Reflexes.
  • Strength of muscles.
  • Walking ability.

pageHomeopathic Treatment

Homoeopathy can often cure even the severe cases without the need of a surgical knife. The normal treatment of slipped disc is done through several operative procedures. These methods are expensive and also have high risk factors involved. The same degree of result can be obtained through homoeopathic treatment, but without the need of surgeries. The treatment is mainly aimed at releasing the pressure on the nerves. In addition, medicines are also given for spine stabilization. The conditions are normally said to improve within 7 days of treatment. The treatment is expected to complete within 2 to 3 months. The rate of success of homoeopathic treatment is observed to be around 85%. The cure shall be permanent and no side-effects will be observed.

The below list discusses some important homoeopathic remedies prescribed:

  • Bryonia: The medicine is administered in the case of an irritable pain in the back. Pain may be accompanied by sudden outburst of emotion. Bryonia is best suited for individuals prone to bilious attacks.
  • Kali Carb: The medicine is administered for rheumatic pains occurring on the chest, back and on shoulder. The pain worsens on movement.
  • Calc Carb: The medication is prescribed in situations like intense back pain and a strong agonizing pain in the right side of the back when respiring.
  • Lachesis: This is commonly administered when stiffness is experienced from loins to hips. The patient has a stooping sensation when he/she is walking.
  • Rhus tox: When there is a rheumatic pain between scapulae, this may be given. The loins may also feel very rigid and the vertebral column may also be distorted.

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