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A potentially painful problem in which the hard outer coating of the disk is damaged, allowing the disk's jelly-like center to leak and cause irritation to adjacent nerves.

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Slipped disk: Overview

When most people hear "slipped disk" they think of very sudden, severe back pain. But most slipped disks go unnoticed and do not have to be treated. What happens if a slipped disk causes pain and how do you know whether you should see a doctor?

Informed Health Online [Internet] - Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG).

Version: October 9, 2014

Physical examination for lumbar radiculopathy due to disc herniation in patients with low‐back pain

Background: Low‐back pain with leg pain (sciatica) may be caused by a herniated intervertebral disc exerting pressure on the nerve root. Most patients will respond to conservative treatment, but in carefully selected patients, surgical discectomy may provide faster relief of symptoms. Primary care clinicians use patient history and physical examination to evaluate the likelihood of disc herniation and select patients for further imaging and possible surgery.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Plain Language Summaries [Internet] - John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Version: 2011

The effects of surgical treatments for individuals with 'slipped' lumbar discs

Prolapsed lumbar discs ('slipped disc', 'herniated disc') account for less than five percent of all low‐back problems, but are the most common cause of nerve root pain ('sciatica'). Ninety percent of acute attacks of sciatica settle with non‐surgical management. Surgical options are usually considered for more rapid relief in the minority of patients whose recovery is unacceptably slow.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Plain Language Summaries [Internet] - John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Version: 2008

Fusion techniques for degenerative disc disease

Degenerative disc disease is part of the natural aging process of the human spine and can cause complications stemming from the nerve root or spinal cord. Degenerative disc disease of the spine can result in significant pain, instability, disturbances with the nerve roots or spinal cord, or a combination of symptoms. The cause of these symptoms comes from compression of the nerves.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Plain Language Summaries [Internet] - John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Version: 2011

Slipped disk surgery

Under certain circumstances, surgery is an option for treating a slipped disk. This usually involves the removal of spinal disk tissue to relieve pressure on irritated nerves. Surgery can often provide long term relief from symptoms, but there are risks.Surgery is always performed if the slipped disk is an emergency, for example if prolapsed disk tissue is affecting nerves so severely that the bladder or bowel no longer function properly, or certain muscles have become very weak. But this only happens rarely.The far more common reason to have surgery is that it has not been possible to relieve severe and chronic pain enough by using other treatment options. The question of whether to go through with surgery is often difficult to answer, though. For surgery to be considered, imaging techniques and the symptoms must clearly show that a slipped disk is causing the pain. Before deciding to go ahead with the procedure, it is important to carefully weigh the pros and cons together with your doctor. Your individual circumstances will also be part of this discussion because they can influence the success of the treatment as well.

Informed Health Online [Internet] - Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG).

Version: October 9, 2014

Slipped disk: Non-surgical treatment options

Most people with a slipped disk are offered “conservative” treatment, meaning that the treatment does not involve surgery. This mainly involves exercise, relaxation and positioning, painkillers or local anesthetics, and manual and physical therapy.A slipped disk does not always cause symptoms, but it may cause severe back pain. A slipped disk in the lumbar vertebrae can press on the sciatic nerve and cause pain that often extends through one leg and down into the foot. Most people recover from a slipped disk within six weeks without treatment. Until then there a number of treatment options that aim to help relieve the pain and improve mobility.

Informed Health Online [Internet] - Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG).

Version: October 25, 2013

Can rehabilitation therapy help after slipped disk surgery?

Rehabilitation programs that are started four to six weeks after slipped disk surgery can speed up the recovery process. Whether rehabilitation programs that start immediately after surgery have any advantages or disadvantages remains unclear.

Informed Health Online [Internet] - Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG).

Version: October 9, 2014

Neck pain: Overview

Neck pain can make it difficult to move your head, and may radiate into your arms and head. The pain usually goes away after a few days or weeks, but can last much longer in some people.

Informed Health Online [Internet] - Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG).

Version: December 17, 2015

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