Keywords; postero lateral disk herniation, chiropractic, antalgia, 50 percent less pain rule.
This is a serious condition seen every day in the chiropractic clinic. It's bread and butter for the chiropractor, but should never be taken lightly. It will take a minimum of six weeks to heal. Injure your back again within that period and you are asking for serious trouble, and the likelihood of radiating pain down the leg.
A lumbar disc protrusion herniation may, but not necessarily, cause an antalgic list to starboard as you can see in the case of this young man. In the case of a postero lateral disk herniation, should you go into this antalgia, you will lean away from the side of pain.
A scoliosis is a permanent twist in the spine, but an antalgia is temporary; you wake up one morning with severe lower back pain and find yourself looking like the leaning tower of Pisa. After the disc has been reduced you will again stand up straight as normal.
A postero lateral herniation is the more common type, and is less likely to lead to surgery five percent of the time if one follows one thousand cases. But it is a serious condition, that must never be taken lightly; it bites.
I had an interesting case last week with radiating pain down the leg; I reluctantly suggested they cancel the long drive to Spain for the summer holiday, or she should fly; sitting must be avoided as it increases the pressure in the disc twelve times. They chose to go ahead with it; this week I'll find out how she made out.
Notice how in the picture on the left, that the disc bulge is LATERAL to the nerve root. You will get relief by leaning to the right, pulling the nerve root AWAY from the bulge.
Leaning towards? Or away from the pain? Or, just struck straight forwards, unable to straighten up?
Postero Lateral disk herniation causes pain that may radiate down your leg. If you are in an antalgic posture, you will be leaning AWAY from the painful leg.
For details of the pain patterns in the leg,
click here: Tingling in feet and legs ...
What is a herniated disc? A disc consists of two parts, an outer ring of tough fibres, and an inner bubble of gel. In the so-called slipped disc, both the Postero Lateral Disk herniation, the Postero Medial disk herniation and the (Far) Lateral disc herniation the bubble of gel herniates through the tough outer ring. At this link I have described in detail what may be happening in your back. Read more … Slipped disk ...
A herniated bubble of gel in a slipped disc? No, a photograph of the Cat's Eye nebula taken from the Hubble telescope. Beautiful, eh!
The moment you come out of the antalgic posture, the pain decreases dramatically. Now comes the dangerous period: you feel 50 percent less pain but the annulus fibrosis has probably healed by less than 10%. The central gel, the bulging nucleus pulposis has been reduced, so you have much less pain and are standing upright, but now at least six weeks must pass before that tissue has completely healed. Beware!
I advocate doing a set of very gentle exercises even when your back is extremely painful. Movement within the joint is what prevents a huge amount of fluid - swelling - from invading the disk. But you do need to be discrete and sensible. You are not out to make the Olympic team!
Important considerations if you have pain in the leg
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