Must-Know Facts about Herniated Discs

Must-Know Facts about Herniated Discs

Posted By Georgia Accident Rehab Centers || 23-Apr-2014

If you have the misfortune to suffer from a herniated disc, also known as a ruptured disc or a slipped disc, you will know how painful the condition can be. A herniated disc occurs when one of the spinal discs is damaged. Spinal discs are small circular cushions that act as shock absorbers between your vertebrae. If a disc is torn or ruptured the softer material inside the hard disc will seep out through the crack. When this happens, it can press on a nerve, causing irritation and pain. When you suffer from a herniated disc you are most likely to experience it in your lower back, but the condition also affects the neck.

Symptoms of Herniated Discs

Sometimes you can have a herniated disc without any symptoms of pain but it is most common to feel discomfort as a result of the damaged disc pressing on the nerves. Symptoms include:

  • Pain in the buttocks, calf, thigh and foot from a herniated disc in the lower back.
  • Pain in the shoulders, neck and arm from a herniated disc in the neck.
  • Weakness or numbness in the arm or leg.

Causes of Herniated Discs

A herniated disc can be caused by a number of different things, although the precise cause will be the same – damage to the disc caused by wear and tear, or trauma.

  • Aging – as the discs get older they lose their water content which makes them less flexible. You are more likely to suffer from a herniated disc when you are older as a result of the natural wear and tear on the discs in the spine.
  • Lifting heavy objects.
  • Twisting or turning when lifting.
  • Trauma to the spine caused by a fall or an accident.
  • Genetic predisposition to disc degeneration.

Risk Factors for Herniated Discs

  • Being overweight or obese.
  • Smoking.
  • Improper lifting techniques.
  • Poor posture.
  • Repetitive strenuous movements.

Treatment for Herniated Discs

  • Physical therapy including massage, exercise, heat and ice, bracing, and ultrasound.

If you are suffering from the pain of a herniated disc then physical therapy can make the difference between an uncomfortable life and a pain-free way of living. Make an appointment so you can take advantage of a specialist pain management plan.

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