A herniated disc, also called a slipped or ruptured disc, forces the weakened or ruptured disc, putting pressure on the nerves that exit the spinal cord. This causes severe pain. Although the nerve pressure is in the lumbar region, pain can also be seen in the waist, hip, or leg regions, which are the target organs of these nerves.
What are the causes of lumbar hernia?
Although the exact cause of herniated discs is unknown, they are thought to be hereditary and activity-related risk factors. Lumbar hernias can occur at almost any age. Herniated disc disease, which is mostly seen in elderly people, can also occur in healthy-looking discs in young patients. Herniation occurs when the outer ring of the disc weakens or ruptures. Various factors can cause disc weakening, including the following: These;
- Aging and degeneration
- It is a sudden stress caused by lifting heavy loads.
What are the symptoms of lumbar hernia?
Lumbar hernia usually manifests itself with pain radiating to the hips, legs, and feet, but the following symptoms can also be seen due to a herniated disc:
- tingling or numbness in the legs or feet
- Muscle Weakness
- have difficulty moving
- Back pain
- pain in the legs
- Don't get tired easily.
- loss of balance
- Difficulty sitting and walking
How is back hernia treatment performed?
Lumbar hernia treatment is planned by considering symptoms such as severe pain spreading to the leg, loss of sensation and/or strength, and loss of urine and stool control. After lumbar hernia surgery, the patients' pain decreases more rapidly and significantly, or it can disappear completely. It is thought to have a positive effect on nerve healing in patients who experience loss of sensation or strength due to nerve compression.
When is emergency surgical intervention necessary in lumbar hernias?
Very rarely, a large disc herniation can press on the nerves that control the bladder and bowels, causing loss of bladder and bowel control. This is often accompanied by numbness and tingling in the groin and genital areas. This is one of the rare cases that requires emergency hernia surgery, and if you encounter such a situation, you should call your doctor immediately. This can have very serious consequences.