November 03, 2020
Conditions which affect lumbar discs in adults including in the young and old arise from trauma to the discs. During lockdown you may have found yourself undertaking more DIY or manual heavy gardening because you had more time on your hands. This may have led to:
• Initial injury to a disc (by manual labour etc) causing severe back pain and/or spasms in the back due to a tear in the fibres at the back of the disc
• Leading to a defect of weakness in the back of the disc allowing part of the disc as a fragment to come out of its space and cause pressure on the nerve roots resulting in pain in the leg (sciatica) which is usually excruciating and due to pressure on the nerve can also be accompanied by pins and needles, numbness and weakness of the muscles
If lifestyle changes such as walking and keeping active does not improve your symptoms and they persist or you have sudden onset back pain after an event you should seek a specialist opinion to get a diagnosis. Mr Sepahi, Consultant Spinal Neurosurgeon, has many years’ experience and will discuss with you the right pathway and treatment for your specific case. Treatments can include physiotherapy, nerve root injection, surgery or a combination of all three depending on your diagnosis. A formal assessment and diagnosis is required before undertaking any treatment. Treatment without diagnosis can lead to further damage and must be only carried out following professional review.
If you are suffering with any of the above symptoms and would like an appointment for a specialist opinion with Mr Sepahi, please call our enquiry team on 01256 315010.