Herniated disc / slipped disc
A herniated disc often occurs between the ages of 20 to 50 years. Usually this happens due to an unexpected or unfortunate twisting movement. Often with weight that is carried. It can also occur in combination with built-up tension in the back due to, among other things, prolonged or heavy strain on the back.
What happens next is that the intervertebral disc collapses or bulges out. A herniated disc can be completely painless. If the intervertebral disc protrudes to such an extent that it then touches a nerve, pain will occur. Usually this is pain in the back itself and radiation in one or both legs. If you experience this in both legs and it is more difficult to go to the toilet, definitely visit your doctor, this can indicate a serious problem!
An osteopath can perform a number of neurological tests to determine whether it could be a hernia. However, to fully establish the diagnosis, an MRI must be made by a neurologist.
In the case of a herniated disc, the osteopath looks above or below the impacted disc to see where the most tension is present. Here the osteopath tries to improve the function and structure, so that as a result there is less pressure on the disc. If there is still inflammation in the back, the osteopath will also see if it can be reduced without irritating the disc too much. They also look at any other additional issues that could affect it. In most cases, a disc improves within 12 weeks, but osteopathic treatment can speed up the process.