"Disc prolapse" are words that everyone hates to hear, with fears of surgery and "I-know-so-and-so-who-was-crippled-for-life".
However it does not need to be scary; it's actually quite straightforward if you truly know what's going on and what needs to be done. The pathways to recovery are very clear (and there's always more than one).
Of course, it's our job to help you to be educated, and to make most appropriate choices, whether it is a small disc bulge, or a full-blown disc prolapse. We can not only help you to get better ourselves but coordinate referrals to investigations, doctors and surgeons.
A 45 year old male visited with sudden severe onset of pain two week prior and worsening. He struggled to move and even be on his feet. His acute symptoms were settled after a week with correct management and begun gentle exercises to reactivate the stablising muscles.
However his symptoms were reasonably slow to progress and we referred him to a musculoskeletal specialist after another two weeks. MRI was performed and he had a marked prolapse of the disc compressing critical parts of nerve roots (a rare style of disc prolapse). He was urgently referred to the surgeon who saw him next day. The surgeon recommended a trial of conservative management (i.e. without surgery) as unnecessary surgery of the area was deemed dangerous.
He returned and underwent comprehensive and gradual exercise programme with us for the following five months, achieved full recovery, and was discharged.
Spinal pain conditions, especially ones involving disc prolapses, are the most common conditions that we see in our clinic regardless of severity, acuteness or chronicity. It's our bread-and-butter.
Contact us today to make an appointment so we can guide you with the next step.