Slip Disc and Numbness in Feet

Experiencing numbness in foot is a common thing and results having sat in a particular posture for long.  This feeling is quite normal when resulting in tingling, prickly sensation in such a way so that one feels needles are being pinned internally.  But this is the result of blood circulation towards feet resuming after a gap.  This is possibly due to some nerve returning to normality after getting compressed.  However, if prolonged periods of numbness in feet are being experienced; one needs to find out underlying causes due which this numbness is occurring.

Numbness in feet could be due to some possible causes.

  1. Additional weight of the baby in pregnant women sometimes becomes a cause of pressure on the spinal column, which further may cause pain in lower back and feet numbness.
  2. One of the symptoms of diabetes is numbness in feet because diabetes is known to increase nerve disorders.
  3. The needle pinning sensation as informed above effecting numbness in feet can further extend to hands too and for longer durations, thus indicating multiple sclerosis.
  4. Some type of numbness in feet may result due to nerve compression from uneven or wrong selection of shoes that don’t fit right, as a particular nerve can get pinched.
  5. A tingling pain along the lower back, hips and the legs can cause damage to the sciatic nerve further causing sciatic pain normally affecting one part of the body.

Numbness in feet is an absence of sensation in the foot due to inappropriate communication between the nerves and the central nervous system.  Wrong sitting postures or prolonged sitting need not be harmful causes of numbness and are quite temporary in nature.  However, numbness in feet needs to be monitored given that they are linked to slip disc.

Having identified as a symptom to slip disc, need to specialized consultation and cure arises.  Recovering from a slip disc can take one to two months, however physicians will usually advise mild to moderate physiotherapy or exercise.  The pain is expected to settle as the excess pressure on the affected nerve reduces from the disc.

Most importantly, an active schedule will always help cure slipped disc expeditiously.  Though the patient may undergo severe pain making it difficult for him/her to move around and might be advised bed rest for couple of days. But, hereafter, he is prescribed movement as early as possible as, mobility of back will result in a faster recovery.

Medication comprising of painkillers, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and steroid injections may be prescribed.  Muscle relaxants, such as diazepam help relax back or leg muscles if very tense.

An advanced surgical treatment to treating slipped disc is open discectomy in which part or complete removal of slipped disc is carried out, which is done with the help of painkilling medication, cut in spine and the removing the disc.  Prosthetic intervertebral disc replacement involves having an artificial disc replaces the slipped disc.  This cannot be conducted unless the patient is given general anesthesia.

Further, another advanced treating of slipped disc is done through endoscope laser surgery.  In this procedure, the compressed nerve causing pain is identified through endoscope and released as also part of disc is removed with laser.

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