A ruptured disc also called herniated disc is a disorder that affects the spinal disc in the spinal cord. The spinal disc plays a significant role in the spinal cord. They serve as a cushion to keep the spine flexible and allow movement. They also serve as a shock absorber for the bones in the spine. The disc is made up of tough outer shell called capsule that enclosed a jelly-like material called nucleus. When this spinal disc is injured or damaged, its outer shell will crack and all would allow the jelly-like material to leak. When this happens, it the disc is now called ruptured or herniated disc. It is also known as a slipped disc.
When the spinal disc is damaged they may be herniated or the disc bulge out of place or rupture or break open. The causes of spinal disc damaged are injuries, diseases, and the normal wear and tear related to aging. A herniated disc may not cause any pain or symptoms, but when the herniated disc compresses nerve roots or the spinal cord, that’s when pain occurs. Depending on where the damaged disc occurs the symptoms will differ from one system to the other as the nerve roots have different functions. However, pain, numbness, and weakness are the most common symptoms of a ruptured disc
When a person is diagnosed with a ruptured disc and starts to feel weakness in both legs, and losses control of their bladder and bowel movement, then they may be affected with the most severe type of herniated disc called cauda equine syndrome. Seeking medical attention is highly recommended.
The cause of a ruptured disc can be attributed to aging, injuries such as contact sports, fall, or vehicular accidents. People who also perform heavy manual labor have a higher risk of developing a ruptured disc.
The treatment for the ruptured disc is focused on reducing the symptoms. Rest, medication to control pain and inflammation may be also used by your doctor.
If you think you are suffering from Ruptured Disc you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Ruptured Disc as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).