A herniated disc, also known as a slipped or ruptured disc, is a medical condition that can affect the spine. A herniated disc occurs when the soft, gel-like center of an inter-vertebral disc protrudes through a tear or weakness in the tough outer layer. This can lead to compression or irritation of nearby nerves, causing pain, numbness, or weakness in the affected area. Herniated discs are commonly seen in the lumbar (lower back) and cervical (neck) regions of the spine.


The causes of a herniated disc can vary, and they are often related to wear and tear on the spine over time. Here are some common causes and risk factors associated with herniated discs:

  • Age: One of the primary factors is aging. As people get older, the inter-vertebral discs in the spine lose some of their water content, making them less flexible and more prone to herniation.
  • Trauma or Injury: A sudden and severe injury, such as a fall or car accident, can cause a herniated disc. These traumatic events can force the disc’s center to push through the outer layer.
  • Improper Lifting: Lifting heavy objects with improper technique, especially when combined with twisting or turning motions, can put excessive pressure on the discs and lead to herniation.
  • Genetics: Some people may have a genetic predisposition to developing herniated discs. This means that their family history could play a role in their susceptibility to this condition.
  • Repetitive Strain: Certain occupations or activities that involve repetitive movements or heavy lifting can increase the risk of disc herniation over time.
  • Obesity: Excess body weight can put added stress on the spine and increase the risk of disc problems.
  • Smoking: Smoking has been associated with an increased risk of disc degeneration, which can contribute to herniation.

It’s important to note that while these factors can increase the risk of herniated discs, they don’t guarantee that someone will develop this condition. Additionally, herniated discs can occur without any obvious cause in some cases.


Non Surgical Treatment

Traction therapy, also known as spinal decompression therapy, can be a valuable component of the treatment plan for herniated discs. Physio Care offers state-of-the-art traction therapy equipment designed to provide controlled and precise stretching of the spine. By creating a gentle pulling force, this therapy aims to increase the space between vertebrae, relieving pressure on the affected disc. This reduction in pressure can lead to a variety of benefits for patients.

One of the primary advantages of using Physio Care’s traction therapy equipment is pain relief. By reducing pressure on the herniated disc, patients often experience a significant reduction in pain levels. This relief can be life-changing, allowing individuals to regain their quality of life and mobility.

Moreover, traction therapy can improve the body’s natural healing processes. By creating space around the damaged disc, it enhances the flow of nutrients and oxygen to the affected area. This can accelerate the healing process and contribute to the long-term recovery of the disc.

Patients undergoing traction therapy with Physio Care’s equipment also appreciate the non-invasive nature of this treatment. Unlike surgery, which carries inherent risks, traction therapy is a non-surgical approach that can effectively address herniated discs. This means shorter recovery times and fewer complications.

In conclusion, if you or a loved one is suffering from a herniated disc, traction therapy using equipment from Physio Care is a viable and effective treatment option. It offers pain relief, promotes healing, and restores mobility, all without the need for surgery. Consult with a healthcare professional to determine if traction therapy is right for you.

Surgical Treatment

Surgical treatment is generally considered when conservative measures have failed to provide relief, and the decision to undergo surgery should be made in consultation with a healthcare professional. It’s important to discuss the risks, benefits, and potential outcomes of surgery to determine the most appropriate approach for individual cases.