Herniated Disc (Discopathy)

Although herniated disc is mostly seen in middle-aged people, it is a disease that can be seen in men and women of all ages and reduces their quality of life.

The aim of the RTM system is not only the elimination of pain but also it is aimed to identify and resolve the sources that cause a herniated disc, and ultimately to create a permanent state of well-being.

Let’s glance shortly at Herniated Disc

What is Herniated Disc (Lumbar Discopathy)?

It is a disease that occurs when the disc between the vertebrae, called the lumbar disc, is torn due to wear or stress, and the cartilage structure overflows and compresses the nerve roots.

Between the vertebra, there are rubber-hard discs close to the nerve roots, and they act as a shock absorber and provide the mobility of the spine. For some reasons, the discs may overflow or break off from their normal place and put pressure on the nerve roots. As a result, back and leg pain, numbness in the legs, and weakness in the muscles may occur. The majority of lumbar hernia cases are seen in the last two lumbar vertebrae.

Structure of Vertebra

The spine consists of 24 vertebra containing the central nervous system structure called the spinal cord and 23 discs between them. The most active areas of the spine are the waist and neck. The muscles surrounding the spine provide both support and movement function of the waist and back.

What is herniation?

Hernia is literally the slipping of an organ by benefiting of the weakness of the tissue holding it. It takes different names such as hernia of the loins, inguinal umbilical hernia ,stomach hernia, depending on the region it is located.

What Causes Herniated Disc?

One of the most important causes of herniated disc is excessive stretching of the muscles after long-term stress. Factors such as age-related wear, heredity, being overweight, lifting heavy loads, and making sudden and compelling movements can also cause herniated disc.

Herniated Disc Symptoms

  1. Numbness and pain in the legs, hips and feet
  2. Low back pain
  3. Weakness in the muscles, difficulty in movement
  4. Difficulty in sexual function
  5. Fatigue and weakness
  6. Difficulty urinating
  7. Loss of balance
  8. Difficulty sitting down

How is the Diagnosis ofHerniated Disc?

Clinical examination findings are important for the diagnosis of the disease. In addition, X-ray, MR (Magnetic Resonance), CT (Computerized Tomography) should be taken. In addition, EMG (Electromyography), a test that measures the muscle response or electrical activity in response to the stimulation of a nerve to a muscle, may be required.

Approach to Herniated Disc in the RTM System

An Outlook on the Cause of Herniated Disc in the RTM System

Our body is in a constant balance against internal and external factors. With this balance, life continues by developing.

Diseases occur when a disruption or problem occurs in the balance process. We can see diseases as a new balance or new adjustments created in the body for the continuation of life against internal and external negative conditions.

In the RTM System, there is a source model called the Disease Triad, which causes new adjustments in the body to come into play. This triple structure, which includes Body Contamination, System Deteriorations and Code Changes in DNA (Epigenetics), functions as follows in herniated disc.

Contamination in the body:

The fascia in the lumbar and cervical region is the place where the most toxin accumulations are in the body. When these accumulated toxins exceed the amount that the fascia can tolerate, the capillary circulation in this region is disrupted, causing cellular activities in the connective tissue to slow down. This initiates the inflammatory process in this region. As a result of the inflammation process, degeneration occurs in the connective tissue there and the structure of that region is deteriorated. As a result of the deterioration of the structure, two events occur; First, postural change occurs as the person avoids the normal postural posture. The second is damage to regional structures (cartilage, bone). It will eventually result in the corruption of disk structures. However, causes such as sedentary life, trauma, genetic predisposition, and connective tissue diseases also affect the disc structure.

Deterioration or imbalance in systems:

There are energy (acupuncture) meridians surrounding the whole body. There are 12 energy meridians. These energy lines are directly connected with the relevant organ and the muscle and fascia tissue in the area it passes through. A blockage or blockage in these energy meridians will cause an increase in load and imbalance in the related fascia and connective tissue. Not only the blockage in the energy meridians running paravertebrally, but also the blockages in all 12 energy meridians can cause these imbalances. As a result of imbalance, posture disorders in the spinal cord structure cause damage to the disc and herniation. Or a disorder in the circulatory system; Deterioration of the microcirculation of the intervertebral discs will directly affect the nutrition of the cartilage, its repair and regeneration.

Epigenetic information exchange in DNA

Contamination in the body, deterioration in the circulatory system and energy meridians make a code change in the DNA, and as a result of this change, a new posture is determined in the body. As a result of the changing postural posture, some of the intervertebral discs will be more loaded. As a result, it will cause deterioration of the disc structure and herniation.

Treatment of Hernia of the loins in the RTM System 

In the RTM System, the disease process is actually the new set points necessary for the continuation of life. During the treatment, it is aimed to resolve the disease triad that is the source of the pain with the TREATMENT TRIAD.

Treatment Triad aims to initiate the detox process in order to return to the normal state of balance in the body, to resolve the inflammation that occurs due to the increase in regional toxic load and the degeneration process that occurs as a result. Thanks to the detox in the body, the microcirculation in the region will be regulated, the inflammation and generation processes will be withdrawn, thus it will be aimed to ensure a normal postural posture. It is aimed to eliminate the imbalance in the systems, to ensure the flow of energy by opening the blockages in the energy meridians, and to regulate the systems by eliminating the fascia blockages, if any. Ultimately, the process of returning epigenetic changes in DNA to primary set points is planned in order to regulate the deteriorated systems by providing detox activities of the body, and this process is planned completely for the individual.

The main part of the treatment triad is RTM Phytotherapy. The phytotherapy protocol is determined by evaluating the patient’s detailed anamnesis, laboratory and imaging findings, and measurements specific to RTM clinics. With the RTM Phytotherapy protocol, the disease trait, which forms the source part, is withdrawn and treatment is applied. While it is aimed to normalize the epigenetic changes in DNA, which determines the new adjustment constants, by informing the body with the seed parts of the plants, in order to adapt the body to the normalization process of this information; Leafy parts of plants are used to provide detox activities in the body and to regulate systems; In hernia, the treatment triad is planned with the aim of accelerating the regional detox activities with hijama and regional ozone injections and making the microcirculation sufficient, opening the blockages in the energy meridians and eliminating the fascia blockages with acupuncture and fascia modulation. When the disease triad is withdrawn, it is aimed that the body will automatically return to the norm form.

In order to accelerate the treatment process, other traditional medicine methods such as Manual Therapy, Magnetic field, Laser, USG ESWT treatment can also be planned according to the needs of the patient.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is corset treatment effective for herniated disc?

If recommended by the doctor, a hernia corset can be used to reduce pain or protect the area in some cases. However, the use of a corset is not a form of treatment and alone does not heal the herniated disc. On the contrary, using a corset incorrectly and for longer than necessary can make the situation worse.

When is Emergency Surgical Intervention Necessary in Herniated Disc?

Emergency surgery can be considered when conditions such as numbness and tingling of the groin and genital area, loss of urinary incontinence and defecation control, very severe acute pain, increased loss of sensation occur.

What should be considered in order to be protected from herniated disc?

  • Using the legs, not the waist, appropriately when lifting weights
  • Doing a warm-up exercise before starting to do sports
  • Not gaining excess weight
  • Developing a healthy body posture during the day and at night while sleeping
  • Doing stretching exercises in the case of sitting for a long time
  • Not using high-heeled shoes all the time.
  • Doing regular physical activity to strengthen the muscles, especially in the waist and back region

Does herniated disc recur?

The recurrence rate of treated lumbar hernia cases is low. The recurrence rate from the same place after surgery is around 2-3%. Considering the recommendations of experts after treatment, the risk of recurrence of herniated disc is much lower.

What are the Risky Positions and Movements for Herniated Disc?

Lifting a weight without bending the legs causes the load to be on your back muscles and can cause a herniated disc. Sitting upright for a long time without back support and hunched posture are unhealthy. Sudden bending and reaching movements can also trigger herniated disc.

Is every low back pain a herniated disc?

Low back pain can have a wide variety of causes, and herniated disc is not one of them. It has been observed that only 1 to 4% of low back pain complaints, which are common in the society, are caused by herniated disc. In order to think that the pain is caused by the hernia, other symptoms must be present. Diagnosis is made according to the results of examinations and tests.

Is Hard Bed Rest Right for People with  Herniated Disc? Which Position Is Suitable To Sleep In?

There is no proven treatment for herniated disc and pain by lying on a hard floor. It is sufficient to use mattresses that do not distort when lying on and support the body.

In the side lying position, pulling the knees slightly towards the abdomen and placing a support between the legs can be comforting. While lying on your back, raising a pillow under the knees reduces the pressure on the lower back and spine and relieves pain.

How Common Is a Herniated disc?

According to the researches, which are common in the society, approximately 1 to 4% of low back pain complaints are caused by herniated disc. In our country, only 3 to 7% of herniated disc hernia cases are operated.

How does the pain of hernia hitting the leg recover?

If conditions such as loss of sensation, reflex or strength are detected in the patient as a result of examinations and tests, a solution can be applied with surgical intervention. If such findings are not present and there is only a complaint of pain, physical therapy, drug therapy and other effective treatment methods can be applied.

How does a hernia rupture?

Essentially, the herniated disc does not burst. Herniated disc is an idiom, and in the simplest terms, it is used to express that the hernia is very large. In what is popularly known as herniated disc herniation, the gel part of the disc sticks to the spinal cord, nerves and nerve roots, coming out of the shell, due to the pressure of the discs. Basically, it can be said that lumbar hernia is an advanced state. In the herniated disc, which is called a ruptured hernia, the pain is more because of the intense pressure applied to the nerve.

Does a ruptured hernia heal?

The term lumbar hernia eruption is used when the hernia passes through the structure surrounding it and protrudes too much and exerts severe pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves coming out of the spinal cord. The size and degree of herniated disc are determined by various tests and imaging. Herniated disc rupture is a disease that can be treated with or without surgery, depending on the patient’s examination results and level of complaints.

What Does Leg Hernia Mean?

Compression of lumbar hernia on the nerves coming out of the spinal cord causes numbness, pain, tingling, and sometimes a feeling of weakness in the leg. For this reason, it has been seen that the term “leg hernia” is also used among the people.

Does hernia recover  with physical therapy?

Various exercises can be used in the prevention and treatment of lumbar hernia, under the supervision of a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist, depending on the patient’s findings and condition. If there is no advanced pressure on the spinal cord and nerve root, treatment is possible with methods such as physical therapy and low back exercises. After the sessions are applied for an average of 3 weeks, physical therapy can be completed or extended depending on the recovery status.

What can be done for herniated disc during pregnancy?

In addition to excessive and rapid weight gain during pregnancy, the softening created by the progesterone hormone in the joints can also cause an increase in the existing hernia sacs, leading to lower back pain. The greater the load on the discs in the spine, the greater the deformation it is.

Having a herniated disc in the expectant mother does not cause any harm to the baby, but it can be a difficult process for the mother as it can cause severe pain. Therefore, it is recommended to be paid attention to the following factors during pregnancy.

  • Not staying sedentary for a long time and doing appropriate exercises
  • Swimming or walking
  • Not lifting weights
  • Not reaching high places
  • Not to sit on too soft and deep seats
  • Not using too soft pillows
  • Not using high heels
  • Wearing orthopedic shoes
  • Do not make sudden movements
  • Avoid gaining excess weight

How many days does hernia pain normally last?

When the necessary precautions are taken and the correct intervention is made, it is expected that the hernia pain will decrease and disappear in a few days. If the pain continues at a level that will limit daily movements and reduce the quality of life despite all treatments, a doctor should be consulted. In such cases, surgical treatment may be required.

What causes muscle spasm in the lower back?

Muscle spasm is a condition that occurs after excessive secretion of strych into the muscles by the nerves and can be caused by various reasons such as mineral deficiency, thirst, insufficient blood flow. In addition, compression of nerves in the spine, called spinal nerve entrapment, can also cause muscle contractions, or spasms.

What causes back-to-leg pain?

Pain spreading towards the leg is one of the most typical symptoms of herniated disc and can sometimes reach the sole of the foot. Although it occurs in the lower back area where the herniated disc is applied to the nerves, pain can also spread to the leg or hip area, which are the target organs of these nerves.

Where does hernia pain affect?

Herniated disc occurs as a result of the slipping and tearing of the cartilage between the vertebrae and compressing the nerves coming out of the spinal cord. Pain spreads to the areas where these nerves extend. The effect of hernia pain is most felt in the waist, hip and leg regions.

Does the hernia affect both legs?

The pain caused by herniated disc starts from the waist and spreads to the leg just like an electric current. It mostly occurs in one leg, but can sometimes be felt on both sides or change its side. Sometimes this pain is accompanied by numbness.

What is a herniated disc? What does it do?

Corsets do not provide benefits for all types of back pain. Generally, it is more beneficial for pain related to causes such as lumbar slippage, fracture or cracking of the backbone.

Sometimes the doctor may recommend the use of corsets to people who have pain related to herniated disc. However, when the waist corset is used unconsciously, it can bring more harm than good. For this reason, it is important that you strictly comply with what type of corset, how and for how long your doctor has recommended you to use.

What are the herniated disc exercises?

The task of the vertebrae surrounding the spinal cord is to protect it from damage. The lower back of the spine consists of five vertebrae and discs in total, and this is the place that bears the body’s weight the most. Lumbar hernia is mostly caused by excessive strain on the vertebrae.

To protect the spine, it is very effective to do exercises that will strengthen the surrounding muscles. In addition, there are various exercises that will help in the treatment of incipient lumbar hernia formation. However, it should not be forgotten that the most important point to be considered here is not to damage the waist by performing the exercises fully and correctly.

What is lower leg?

While we can move our foot up and down normally from the ankle, when the inability to move up develops, this situation is called lower leg. People in this condition walk by dragging their feet. If this condition, which can sometimes be caused by a herniated disc, is not treated on time, the possibility of regaining ankle strength will decrease.