Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Specialist Associate Professor Ahmet İnanır gave important information on the subject. Lumbar and neck hernias, which especially affect the working population, are an increasingly important problem that occurs in all age groups. What needs to be known is that; Using painkillers in hernias aims to relieve the pain, not to treat the hernia. How do waist and neck hernias occur? What are the symptoms of waist and neck hernias? How is the diagnosis of waist and neck hernia diagnosed? How effective is it to use painkillers in waist and neck hernias? What are the treatments for waist and neck hernia?
How do waist and neck hernias occur?
The disc, which is between the vertebrae and acts as a suspension, may suddenly or gradually deteriorate or continue to deteriorate and its outer layers may rupture, the jelly part in the center of the disc leaks out, causing pressure or pressure on the nerve, causing symptoms such as pain.
What are the symptoms of waist and neck hernias?
The most common findings are pain, numbness, tingling and loss of strength. Very rarely, it can cause drop foot and urinary or stool incontinence that may require surgery.
How effective is it to use painkillers in waist and neck hernias?
It has been revealed that painkillers, which are consciously given with the aim of reducing pain and used with the assumption that they will be treated by the patient, aim to eliminate the pain symptoms of many diseases. Since the cause of the pain is not eliminated in the treatment style aimed at pain relief, it may pave the way for the patient to face more serious problems in the coming years.
Scientific research and statistical studies show that hernia formation or growth is higher in patients who use frequent and high doses of painkillers. The patient, who does not feel the pain, thinks that he is healed and moves comfortably and the hernia healing is impaired, and the condition may become chronic, paving the way for the healing process to be prolonged or permanent. The question that comes to mind is: Do painkillers aim to relieve the current pain and prepare the ground for new and more serious pain in the future?
How is the diagnosis of waist and neck hernia diagnosed?
The correct diagnosis can be made primarily with an examination by a Physical Therapy or Neurosurgeon specialist. Others are prone to error. If necessary, the diagnosis can be clarified by X-ray, MRI, CT and EMG.
What are the treatments for waist and neck hernia?
The patient with neck and lumbar hernia should definitely be examined and treated by a specialist physician/physicians who have knowledge of the subject. The most important issue is which treatment is required or not primarily required. In this respect, it is very important to seek and find an EXPERT DOCTOR, who can MAKE this decision CORRECTLY. The priority in treatment should be the education of the patient. Correct posture and sitting position should be taught to the patient. The vast majority of neck hernias can heal without surgery or become harmless. Even if the patient has progressive loss of strength in the waist, neck, legs, arms and hands, it is a mistake to recommend surgery immediately. If it does not respond to treatment and progresses despite treatment, surgical decision will be an appropriate attitude. It should be noted that applications targeting only pain are not approved. The treatment should aim to return the herniated part to its place. Surgery, on the other hand, aims to remove and discard the leaking part of the disc. Since neck surgeries are performed from the anterior part of the neck, it makes it inevitable to put a supplemental artificial system. Low back surgeries further weaken the basic load-bearing base of the spine. In this context, the back and neck patient should be handled with great care and a surgical approach should not be envisaged without a commission decision (multidisciplinary).
Brief ways to protect
The best treatment is prevention, the best medicine is exercise. In order to minimize the risk of catching waist and neck hernia, it is necessary to stay away from the lifestyle that can cause waist and neck hernia during daily life. In addition, avoiding lingering for a long time with the smartphone (it should never be done by bending the neck forward) and the habit of working by taking breaks from the computer for a long time kazanIt will reduce the risk of hernia development. The habit of lifting loads by angling the waist and sitting or standing for a long time should be abandoned. Being cautious while traveling will also be an important precaution. When any painful situation happens to us, caring about the situation and getting accurate information about our situation by being examined by a specialist doctor will provide us with the opportunity to live a conscious life.