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Intervertebral Disc Prolapse [ IVDP ]

In a room of 10 people, it is not shocking to find that more than 5 of them experience back pain. Backache has become extremely common in the present time. Anyone you talk to, you will hear them complaining about their backache.

Even young girls and boys have started cribbing about the same. Therefore, it is easier to say that backache is a common disorder that has affected people’s lives and their day-to-day activities.

Have you heard of IVDP?

Know more about IVDP

IVDP stands for Intervertebral Disc Prolapse. Let us understand this term. There are small spaces between each of the vertebrae in our body. These spaces are occupied by cushion-like substances known as discs.

Why do we need discs?

Discs present between the vertebrae absorb sensations like shock and prevent serious repercussions.

The term prolapse means to protrude outside. Therefore in IVDP, it begins with a slight protrusion of the disc outside through the intervertebral space. This anomaly can cause pain in various degrees and hamper the movements of the patient.

Causes of IVDP

The factors that pose a risk for prolapse of the disc are :

  • Genetics – disc prolapse can occur through genes. There are chances for this condition to be hereditary
  • Lifting heavy weights – while lifting heavy weights, there are chances for the disc to slightly prolapse
  • Movement – certain exaggerated movements can also cause the disc prolapse
  • Obesity
  • Chronic smokers
  • Age-related
  • Trauma – accidents and injuries can cause harm to the vertebrae and thus affect the prolapse of the disc.

Signs and Symptoms of IVDP

Usually, the lumbar portion of the vertebrae is where the prolapse occurs but there are chances for the other parts also to be affected.

The symptoms that can be seen in IVDP are :

  • Backache
  • Pain in regions like the shoulder, arms, forearms, and fingers
  • Aching sensation in the hip, thigh, leg, and foot
  • Restricted movements
  • Inability to carry out normal activities
  • The frailty of the back
  • Numb feeling and tingling sensation

The above are the symptoms generically seen in patients, but the range can differ depending on the cause of the trauma and the age of the patient.

Ayurveda Treatment for IVDP

Ayurveda has mentioned treatments for almost all the diseases that we find today. It is astonishing to say that the conditions we see today were explained by the scholars of Ayurveda eons back. Needless to say,  they specified the treatments for each of these conditions in detail and with the utmost accuracy.

The treatments that have been mentioned in the scriptures of Ayurveda for gridhrasi are as follows :

  • Siravedha (a form of bloodletting) at a spot between the Achilles tendon and ankle joint
  • Vasti
  • Agnikarma (thermal cauterization)

It is also specifically mentioned that if the patient has undigested matter then that has to be completely expelled and then further treatments have to be adopted.

Some of the formulations that can be prescribed are :

  • Sahacharadi kashayam
  • Maharasnadi kashayam
  • Gandharvahastaerandadi taila
  • Dhanwantara taila
  • Eranda taila

A plethora of other drugs and medicines can be concocted for a patient depending on the nature of their body.

AyurVAID Approach

All the diseases related to bones, joints, and muscles are usually due to the vitiation of vata dosha. These diseases take time to treat because they are caused by vata dosha. Though the tridoshas is important, it is the vata dosha that is the most eminent. As once vata dosha gets affected, it harms the other two dosha and amplifies the disease condition.

Now let us try to find an Ayurvedic correlation to IVDP.

The cardinal feature of IVDP is back pain, which can be known as kati shula in Ayurveda. But in IVDP, if there is radiation of pain to the leg and feet through the thigh then it is called gridhrasi.

In the scriptures of Ayurveda, gridhrasi is mentioned by scholars under vata vyadhi. There are two types :

  • Caused only due to vata dosha
  • Caused due to both vata and kapha dosha

Gridhrasi is considered one of the main vata vyadhi,  something that is commonly seen in the present day.

Can Ayurveda treat gridhrasi?

Wouldn’t you want to feel exhilarated and fresh after getting treated by your doctors?

Would you only desire alleviation in pain or do you want the sensation to be completely obliterated?

AyurVaid is the answer to all your queries. The team of AyurVaid has treated conditions of all genres and intends on doing so for a very long time. Their only concern is the health of their patients and their satisfaction. They treat all their patients with an indisputable amount of precision.

After completing the diagnosis,  they prepare a treatment protocol after considering the conveniences and inconveniences of the patient. They provide treatment and also tend to provide a  safe and sound environment for their patients.

Having achieved various accreditations and awards, AyurVaid only wishes to March forward with a clear vision of treating their patients with every fiber of their being.

Frequently Asked Questions

Explain IVDP
IVDP stands for Intervertebral Disc Prolapse. It is the slight prolapse of the disc present in the intervertebral space. The protrusion can gradually worsen with age and untreated time.
What is the Ayurveda correlation for IVDP?
IVDP can be correlated to Kati Shula (backache) or gridhrasi present with symptoms like pain radiating from the back to the leg.
What are the symptoms of IVDP?
The symptoms that can be seen in IVDP are :
  • Backache
  • Pain in regions like the shoulder, arms, forearms, and fingers
  • Restricted movements
  • Inability to carry out normal activities
  • The frailty of the back
  • Numb feeling and tingling sensation
  • Can Ayurveda treat gridhrasi?
    Yes, there are management protocols specified by the scholars of Ayurveda for the treatment of gridhrasi. They are :
  • Vasti
  • Thermal cauterization
  • Siravedha (a form of bloodletting)
  • What is the prognosis of gridhrasi?
    It is krichra sadhya, which means difficult to cure.

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