Does a Slipped Disc Affect Other Organs in the Body?
One of the most commonly occurring chronic injuries in many people today is a spinal disc herniation. Also called a
(often misleading), this condition is the result of a tear or rupture in the spinal cushions or discs. Any such ruptures and tears often exert a high pressure on the adjacent nerves causing them to compress and cause severe pain.
But, apart from pain, would a
affect any other organs in the body and can these symptoms be related to a disc herniation?
Affect of a Slipped Disc:
The vertebrae in the spinal cord are supported by cushions called the discs. These discs act as shock absorbers and protect the spine from sudden jolting reactions.
- These discs are made up of a jelly like substance and a rupture or tear to the disc due to a protrusion or hernia would cause the jelly like substance to leak out of the joint structure.
- The leaked substance would exert pressure on the adjacent nerve fibres (or may be only a single nerve fibre). There may also be an exertion of pressure on the spinal canal.
- These compressed nerves might be linked to other organs in the body, thus showing an affect on their functions.
In order to know the affected organs, it is important to first find out the region of the spine where there has been a leak. The nerves protrusion and the spinal compression would be helpful in determining the associated organs.
- In case, there is a disc slip in the upper spinal region, the tongue and the eyes are the organs to be most affected. This is because the ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat) nerves exist in the upper spine. Any compression of the eye nerves can lead to vision difficulties and also displace the eye balls from the original position. A compression of the associated tongue nerves can lead to immovability of the tongue and tastelessness.
- Similarly, the liver, lungs and the heart are the most affected if there is a compression in the mid-spine region.
- A compression in the lower spine would cause problems in legs, rectum and the kidneys.
Spinal compressions and herniations not only cause excruciating back and neck pain but also affect the associated organs’ functions.