If you have slipped, ruptured, or herniated discs, you can attest to the truth of the old saying that when your back hurts, your whole body hurts.
The pain can be never ending. It’s virtually impossible to find a comfortable position, either standing or lying down.
The pain can take over your entire life and lead to
- Fear and anxiety
- Inability to perform normal daily activities
- Reduced social interaction with friends and family
If you notice any of these symptoms, you should seek medical treatment.
So What Causes a Herniated Disc?
First, it helps to understand what the discs in your spine do. The bones in your spine are separated and cushioned by small discs that act as shock absorbers. When they function properly, they allow your spine to remain flexible. But when they’re damaged, which is much more likely as you age, the discs can bulge or rupture.
Any number of things can cause a herniated disc – plain old fashioned wear and tear, sitting too much, or a traumatic injury from lifting too much weight and lifting it improperly.
If you sit for long periods of time and frequently experience minor back pain and chronic back tiredness you could be at great risk for developing a “wear and tear” herniated disc. Something as simple as bending over to pick up a piece of paper, a minor fall, or even a sneeze can be all it takes to cause a disc to rupture.
If your job or your lifestyle require you to do frequent heavy lifting and you lift with your back instead of your legs, you’re pretty much a herniated disc waiting to happen. Always lift with your legs, with your spine straight to equalize the pressure on the discs to avoid serious problems.
When you’re diagnosed with a herniated disc, the first goals of treatment are:
- Pain relief – first and foremost
- Address any weakness or numbness in your feet, legs and lower back
- Prevention of additional injuries
Find a practitioner with extensive experience in treating herniated discs and their accompanying issues.
More than 90% of patients with herniated discs (if treated early on) will improve within 6 months without surgery. But you need to start treatment at the first sign of problems.
For the most part, you can expect:
- Bed rest followed by increased, prescribed and controlled activity
- Chiropractic manipulation to get the spine back into proper alignment and take pressure off the herniated disc and nerves
- Exercises to reduce your pain and strengthen the muscles in the back
Save yourself years of back pain misery.
We can work with you or your loved one to determine the best treatment for your condition.
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The PPW team