Lumbar IVDP Management​

Lumbar IVDP stands for Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Prolepses, which is a common orthopaedic condition affecting the lower back.

The lumbar spine is made up of five vertebrae separated by intervertebral discs that act as shock absorbers between the bones. These discs consist of a tough outer layer called the annulus fibroses and a soft, jelly-like center called the nucleus pulpous.

In Lumbar IVDP, the inner part of the disc protrudes out of its outer layer and puts pressure on the nerves that pass through the spinal canal. This can lead to symptoms such as lower back pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the legs.

The condition can be caused by aging, injury, or degenerative changes in the spine

Treatment options for Lumbar IVDP may include:

The treatment options for Lumbar IVDP (Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Prolapse) depend on the severity of the condition and the patient’s symptoms. Here are some common treatment options:

  • Conservative Treatment: This includes rest, physiotherapy, pain medications, and hot or cold compresses. Physiotherapy exercises focus on strengthening the muscles of the back and abdomen, which helps in supporting the spine and reducing the pressure on the affected disc.
  • Epidural Steroid Injections: These injections contain a corticosteroid and a local anesthetic and are injected directly into the space around the spinal cord. The aim is to reduce inflammation and pain in the affected area.
  • Surgical Intervention: Surgery may be necessary if the symptoms persist despite conservative treatment or if there is a risk of nerve damage. The most common surgical option is a discectomy, where the surgeon removes the affected portion of the intervertebral disc to relieve pressure on the nerves.
  • Lifestyle Changes: Making lifestyle changes can also help in the management of Lumbar IVDP. This includes maintaining proper posture, losing weight, quitting smoking, and avoiding prolonged sitting or standing.

It is essential to consult with Dr. Mammu for proper evaluation and treatment recommendations. The choice of treatment will depend on the individual patient’s needs and the severity of the condition.