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Why do herniated discs pose so much risk


Why do herniated discs pose so much risk

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Professionals at Sukumvit Hospital can now treat painful herniated discs using minimally-invasive surgical technology.

In a recent case, a 40 year old patient visited Sukumvit Hospital with a serious case of a herniated spinal disc. As he had been a worker in a factory in Prachinburi for years, he often experienced forms of back pain but he did not take it too seriously. However, as of six months ago, the pain became unbearable to deal with as it began referring pain around his back and down his leg.

Before paying a visit to Sukumvit Hospital, he visited another doctor who suggested he start taking painkillers and doing some physical therapy. However, despite the medication the pain continued to get worse. It got the point where it was difficult to walk due to limb weakness and as a result he could no longer go to work or remain mobile for too long. Worried, his wife decided to take him to Sukumvit Hospital for treatment.

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At the hospital he was under the care of Dr. Poonsak Artamnuayvipas, a spinal surgeon from the hospital’s Spine Surgery Centre, who diagnosed that the patient was suffering from a severe case of a herniated disc from the symptoms he was experiencing. Dr. Poonsak explained that a herniated disc will go through many stages and continue to deteriorate if left untreated. This leaves the disc at risk of becoming severely damaged beyond repair.

The first symptom a patient experiences is often severe sharp pain that can cause a lot of suffering and discomfort. If left for too long, and the disc moves too far out of place, the patient is at risk for permanent nerve damage and other long-term complications. These include functional limb weakness and bladder and bowel dysfunction due to the disruption of nerves.

One misconception is that herniated discs usually occur in elderly patients. However, Dr. Poonsak explains that younger patients can also have herniated discs as a result of an accident or injury. In this particular case, many factors contributed to the condition, including having to continuously lift heavy weights. But because the patient had left the disc untreated over time, it began substantially affecting his nervous system and ability to walk.

Spinal discs act like shock absorbers in the spine, they act as ligaments that hold the spine together, and they allow for mobility. When too much pressure is put on these discs, there is a chance that the disc will slip out of place and cause complications. In elderly patients, the reason for herniated discs are often different as with age these discs naturally become less strong.


Source: Expat Life Thailand

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