Lumbar Disc Disease

Written by: Mohammad Nasir Sirat

Lumbar disc disease is the drying out of the spongy interior matrix of an intervertebral disc in the spine. lumbar disc disease causes about one-third of all back pain. Pain and loss muscle strength may occur during this disease. Writer/ producer AEPO has talked to some patients and a physician


Shamsullah a resident of Kabul city says: I lifted a heavy stone and sensed a pain in my back. When I visited a doctor, I was faced with lumbar disc.

Dr. Rahmatullah Azimi an orthopedist in Wazir Akbar Khan Hospital, Kabul city, says: The blow and pressure on the waist and lifting heavy objects cause lumbar disc. Those who regularly have the same task as doctors, teachers, employees, and others, might face lumbar disc.


At the beginning, the pain starts from the back and spreads toward buttocks and then to knees and at the end, reaches to the soles and weakens muscles and in the advanced stages, the patient might lose the control of urinating and defecating.


According to Dr. Azimi, there are two types of treatment for lumbar disc: the first one is treated by medication and the second one needs a surgical operation.