Herniated Discs

Introduction

If you’re a person suffering from severe back pain, and a decreased range of motion, you may be suffering from a herniated disc. Herniated discs are a common source of back pain for many people. These injuries develop through repetitive strain, overworking of the spine, and the condition may progress through injury. Understanding the causes and symptoms of herniated discs allows individuals to prevent the condition from occurring as well as detect the damage early, before pain develops.

What are Herniated Discs

A herniated disk is the bulging of a disc in the back. Spinal discs exist to allow the spine to bend. Spinal discs may become inflamed, or bulge due to injury or discomfort. This inflammation typically causes pain due to the pressure on nerves. The inflammation of the spinal discs is otherwise known as a herniated disc.

The Causes of Herniated Discs

Herniated discs can be a repetitive injury. For instance, individuals who do a lot of manual labor most commonly experience herniated discs due to the repetitive nature and force of the work which places strain on the spine.

Posture is also an important risk factor. If an individual has poor posture, it means that their spine is not properly aligned, therefore, placing the individual at a disproportionate risk for developing a herniated disc.

The likelihood of developing herniated discs is also dependent on age. Older individuals are more likely to suffer from a herniated disc due to a lifetime of repetitive movement. Individuals who are overweight may also be susceptible to herniated discs, as additional weight causes increased stress on spinal discs.

The Symptoms of Herniated Discs

Individuals who have herniated discs may suffer from severe back pain and muscle weakness. Pain typically occurs in the back, neck, legs, arms, while individuals also experience stiffness and tenderness of the spine. The pain associated with herniated discs is often debilitating, causing suffering individuals immobility until treatment is sought.

The Treatment of Herniated Discs

A chiropractor can usually help determine the cause of a herniated disc and suggest appropriate treatment based on the diagnosis.

If poor posture is the underlying cause, for example a chiropractor may conduct adjustments. These adjustments are regular treatments that realign the spine. These treatments promote spinal health and are extremely effective in relieving pain.

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