Intervertebral Disc Prolapse (IVDP)

It’s a condition which refers to a problem with a rubbery disc between the spinal bones. This condition occurs when the soft centre of a spinal disc pushes through a crack in the tougher exterior casing. Some herniated discs cause no symptoms. Others can irritate nearby nerves and result in pain, numbness or weakness in an arm or leg.


Excessive pressure on the vertebrae is the main cause of IVDP and the different causes are manifestations of it:

  1. Falling from a height and landing on your back. This fall can transmit significant pressure across the spine. If the force is of that magnitude, either a vertebra (bone) can break, or an intervertebral disc can rupture.
  2. Besides falling, bending forward can also place substantial stress on the intervertebral discs. If you bend down and try to lifting an object which is too heavy, the force may cause a disc to displace.

An important aspect of a disc prolapse is that it rarely is due to a one-time impact. It is usually due to repetitive minor injuries which come up over time. The damage occur with aging, hereditary factors, work- or even recreation-related activities. Instances when you lift something, twist or bend in a manner which puts pressure on the disc can cause it to rupture through its weakened outer layers.


The first sign of a prolapse always be the pain behind the shoulder blade or in the buttocks. Even though affecting the vertebrae the pain not always be in the back or neck. Though such pain is the most common. Pain running down one or both arms or legs. If the case is left unattended and get to severe stages, disc prolapses can cause a loss of control of your bladder, constipation and numbness in the genital area. This can lead to an impotence in men even.


The treatment for IVDP starts with proper diagnosis. The proper and early detection of the prolapse is essential and hence being aware of the symptoms important. The diagnosis of IVPD can be done by a specialist only. Taking a complete history of the problem is the beginning and completed by a significant physical examination. A solid result can be known by radiological tests - CT scans will give away prominent disc prolapses, though not often reliable. An MRI scan is the most accurate check.


The interesting thing as well as the most important to note in the treatment of IVDP are that, almost 80 or 90% of disc prolapses get corrected by a good herbal approach involving good rest. Proper Ayurveda course involving diet, massage and herbal oils is the best of the treatment options. This kind of process needs settling down and can take 6-8 weeks or longer.

The best IVDP treatment in Trivandrum is reliably available at AyurAvani.

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