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Slipped Disc: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

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Dr Shailesh Joshi

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Orthopaedic Surgeon

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GMoney Anchor - Neha Bajaj from GMoney extends a warm welcome to all of you. Today, we're joined by Dr. Shailesh Joshi, a renowned orthopedic surgeon and the director of Shrishti Orthotech in Bhandup, Mumbai. Welcome, Dr. Joshi.

Dr Shailesh Joshi Thank you.

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GMoney Anchor - Alright, Doctor, today we're going to discuss something that has become a part of everyone's life due to our sedentary lifestyle slip discs. Could you please explain how many types of slip discs there are?

Dr Shailesh Joshi Slip discs can be classified based on their location and severity. In terms of location, they can occur in the cervical spine, thoracic spine, or lumbar spine. Regarding severity, there are various stages ranging from minor bulges to disc prolapse, protrusion, extrusion, and sequestration. Each stage indicates the extent of the disc’s displacement and the severity of the condition.

GMoney Anchor - Okay, so you've explained it based on location and severity. Now, could you elaborate a bit on what slipped disc means and what its root causes are?

Dr Shailesh Joshi The root causes of slipped discs include a sedentary lifestyle, weak muscles that fail to provide adequate support, genetic predisposition, and environmental factors such as poor posture and lack of physical activity. Over time, these factors can lead to the degeneration of spinal discs, reducing their elasticity and fluid content, making them more prone to displacement or herniation.

GMoney Anchor - Understood. And if we want to know about the four categories of disc herniation, what would they be?

Dr Shailesh Joshi – I’ve already mentioned the categories in response to your previous question. The four categories are mild bulge, protrusion, extrusion, and sequestration, each indicating the severity and extent of disc displacement.

GMoney Anchor - Alright. Sir, my next question was along the same lines. Could slip discs be fatal or are they serious?

Dr Shailesh Joshi – Slipped discs are not fatal, but they can be serious, especially if they lead to paralysis due to severe disc prolapse compressing spinal nerves. However, in general, slipped discs are not considered fatal.

GMoney Anchor - Okay. And, Sir, if someone has a slipped disc, does physiotherapy help?

Dr Shailesh Joshi – Yes, physiotherapy can be beneficial. It helps strengthen the muscles, providing better support to the spinal column. Exercises aimed at strengthening the muscles around the affected area, along with proper posture correction, are essential in preventing recurrence and managing the condition effectively.

GMoney Anchor - Great. Sir, I'd like to ask you about dos and don'ts for patients with slipped discs, as many people nowadays engage in activities like gymming, prolonged sitting, or driving. What advice would you give them?

Dr Shailesh Joshi – Patients with slipped discs should focus on strengthening their muscles through specific exercises prescribed by a physiotherapist. They should also maintain good posture and avoid prolonged sitting or standing in one position. Taking regular breaks, using back supports when necessary, and ensuring ergonomic workstation setups can help alleviate discomfort and prevent worsening of the condition.

GMoney Anchor - Understood. And, Sir, my last question to you is, as an orthopedic surgeon, do you recommend any supplements or dietary advice for overall bone and muscle health?

Dr Shailesh Joshi – Supplements such as calcium, vitamin B12, and vitamin D3 are important for bone health. These nutrients can be obtained from sources like milk, dairy products, leafy vegetables, and fermented foods for vegetarians. Additionally, non-vegetarians may need to pay special attention to their vitamin B12 intake. Supplements are available in the market for those who may have dietary deficiencies, but a balanced diet rich in these nutrients is essential for maintaining bone and muscle strength.

GMoney Anchor - Thank you so much, Dr. Shailesh Joshi, for providing insights into slip discs, how to improve bone and muscle strength, and dietary recommendations. I hope today's video was helpful. Please share your feedback, and if you have any topics you'd like us to cover in future videos

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