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Q & A: Slip Disc and Sciatica
  • February 9th, 2005

Question: Hi, my injury is quite serious. I’m havin slip disc which result in sciatica. Can slip disc be recovered? I’m so sad … the disc has been pinching on my nerve which result in pain and numbness and tingling sensation in my left leg. There is a sharp pain in my buttock when i try to stretch my hamstring. How am i going to stretch my hamstring by doin the leg lift or e worst, sit & reach when the pain is not those stretching pain but sharp pain? Haiz… I want to recover from my slip disc. Its L4 sth sth sth … the doctor told me that it is herniated disc … how to recover? pls reply

We’ve Eugene Lee from Synergy Multi Sport answering all your queries about health, nutrition and fitness. Eugene has also been the key figure in the coordination of numerous sporting clinics and camps, holistic and sports seminars for young competitive endurance athletes as well as corporate participants. He provides his clients and participants with a positive and enjoyable, training and learning environment in assisting them to excel in their sport.

Your problem is a serious one indeed. How did you get yourself in such a situation?

There are two things to address here:

The sciatic nerve arises from the L4 to S4 (4th Lumbar Vetrbal to 4th Sacral). The sciatic nerve from L4( lumbosacral trunk) under your glueal muscles (butt) down the back of your hamstrings and splits into two branches of nerves as it approaches the back of the knee. This sciatic nerve has been ‘pinched’ or irritated and hence is the cause of the pain in your butt.

A herniated disc condition is when the nucleus pulposus (chocolate) breaks through the anulus fibrosus, or protrude into the vertebral column. In simple terms the chocolate in the hello panda biscut is oozing or about to ooze out. When this disc herniates, sensory nerves are distorted and the protruding mass can compress the nereves passing through the area. This is the cause of the tingling sensation in your leg.

There are several conservative treatment options that may relieve the symptoms associated with a herniated disc. These include: alternate bed rest with ambulation and medications to reduce inflammation and pain. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are often used for this purpose.

Physical therapy may be incorporated . This might include exercise, massage, thermotherapy, as well as using a corset, back belt, or brace.

Most patients with a herniated disc will get better without the option of surgery.

I hope this helps

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