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Can Osteopathy help with Disc Problems?
Here at Avenue Osteopathic Practice we treat disc problems on a daily basis. An injured disc left untreated will take much longer to heal, and may often become worse, but the body is capable of healing an injured disc with the right treatment. In most cases a short course of 3-6 treatments together with the right advice is all that is needed to get people on the road to recovery and prevent the problem from reoccurring.
People are often referred to Avenue Osteopathic Practice by their doctors with a diagnosis of a slipped disc, prolapsed disc, herniated disc or ruptured disc. Patients are often confused about what these terms actually mean, but following our assessment a diagnosis will be given to you that will be fully explained in plain English.
What is a disc?
The correct term is an intervertebral disc. An intervertebral disc is very similar in its construction to a car tyre. It has an outer skin which contains collagen fibres, just as a car tyre has reinforcing wires. The centre of a disc is filled with a gel which absorbs shock, as air does in a car tyre. Sometimes when you drive your car you may clip a kerb. This then breaks some of the reinforcing wires causing the wall of the tyre to bulge out. The same thing happens when the collagen fibres of the intervertebral disc get damaged, allowing the disc wall to bulge outwards causing a herniation.
At The Avenue Osteopathic Practice we place great emphasis on educating patients on appropriate exercise, how to look after themselves and prevention.
Pain-killers and Disc Problems, Do’s and Don’ts
It is never advisable to take pain relief before taking part in high-impact activities or physical work. This is because without the feedback from your body’s nervous system, it is easy to over-use and re-damage injured muscles and ligaments.
Although it is always better not to take drugs, as they all have side effects, they can be useful in some circumstances. lf muscle pain is preventing you from sleeping, this can have a serious effect on your whole life, and it is worth a compromise of the side effects of the pain-killers for a good night’s sleep.
Pain-killing drugs can sometimes counteract the effectiveness of other medication you may be taking, and in some cases can be very harmful. Therefore it is important to check with your Doctor or Pharmacist as to whether they are appropriate, or indeed safe.
Some inflammatory conditions will benefit from NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) but again, it must be remembered that they may reduce inflammation but not the cause of the inflammation. Also they can cause stomach problems in some cases.
Avenue Osteopath Sutton, Surrey – Nearby Towns
Avenue Osteopath Sutton, Surrey is near the towns of Stoneleigh, Ewell, Worcester Park, Epsom, Morden and New Malden.