Herniated disc: Causes and prevention
Do you know what a herniated disc ??
It is a condition that can cause back and neck pain.
In a nutshell, discs are cartilaginous tissue compounds that separate the bones of the spine. They act as shock absorbers and help keep the spine flexible. When a disc herniates, or bulges and overflows, it can put pressure on nearby tissues and nerves and cause seriously uncomfortable inflammation and irritation. Treatment for a herniated disc usually includes rest, medication and physical therapy such as manual therapy and spinal decompression. Surgery may also be necessary in some cases that do not respond to conservative care.
What causes a herniated disc
The causes of this common condition often include several different factors that must all be present for you to notice, but it can happen if one of the factors is missed or neglected enough!
- It can occur as a result of wear and tear from repeated efforts or shocks, poor posture, sedentary lifestyle and even prolonged sitting. A zone located in this weakened area then undergoes an intense pressure which weakens it. Then over time it can cause serious pain when you walk, even for short distances, which can cause discomfort in your back.
- Genetics can also be a common risk factor. A person's family history may make him or her more susceptible, due to body composition or poor posture (for example, sitting at a desk for long periods throughout the day).
- A herniated disc can occur suddenly and without warning, so many people with this condition don't even know they are injured. Once the injury is damaged enough that the center of the disc drains into the interbody cavity, you may experience chronic back pain that worsens when you climb stairs or bend forward; these positions then put additional stress on already weakened areas, making the situation much worse!
- It may be more severe in people who are older and/or have been inactive for some time.
- Poor nutrition and hydration can contribute to worsening symptoms, for example, in hot weather, when water evaporates from your body faster than it is replaced by drinking extra fluids or engaging in other activities that increase the rate of sweating such as exercise, water escapes from the disc, decreasing its volume and ability to absorb shock which contributes to increased pressure on the nervous system and surrounding tissues responsible for the often uncomfortable symptoms
Can there be an emotional cause for a herniated disc?
A herniated disc is a common diagnosis of a lower back problem.
So could it be related to his mood or to any psychological manifestation?
It would seem so, at least according to Turkish researchers who looked at the links between anxiety, mood disorders and a diagnosis of a herniated disc. They analyzed more than 200 people, including nearly 140 who had a herniated disc.
This study shows that nearly one out of two people with a herniated disc also suffered from anxiety and/or a mood disorder. To be more precise, 36% of these participants were anxious and 17% had a mood disorder. It should be noted that none of these psychological problems were associated with pain intensity.
Can a herniated disc be prevented?
The prevention of a herniated disc is based on measures to protect and relieve the intervertebral discs:
- Évitez d’exercer une pression sur une partie du disque. Par exemple, le fait de vous agenouiller lorsque vous ramassez quelque chose réduira la tension que vous exercez sur votre colonne vertébrale et empêchera tout dommage de se produire! Bref, se pencher en position de lunge ou de squat favorise une position athlétique qui préserve les courbes naturelles des rachis et ainsi prévient les
problématiques de débordement discal.
- Strengthening your back and abdominal muscles, for example by practicing exercises such as the plank and superman or other exercises such as yoga such as the child's position or stretching to maintain normal spinal range of motion always promotes the health of the spine.
- Drink plenty of fluids and stay active to prevent dry discs and herniated discs.
- Stay alert! The signs of a herniated disc are often mild back pain, which should not be ignored. If you notice unusual discomfort in your spine and it lasts longer than two weeks, see your chiropractor immediately, as this could indicate that something is wrong with one or more discs, affecting the spinal canal, causing a lot of pressure on the nerves that end up sending signals throughout the body - including the arms and legs and even the intimate parts like the scrotum or the skin of the perineum. It's not normal to not feel the toilet paper when wiping your buttocks or to have difficulty holding urine. In short, symptoms of incontinence are sometimes signs of a herniated disc and should not be taken lightly. Numbness and loss of motion such as a foot drop may be the first sign of the disease.
- Take preventive action by having your biomechanics regularly evaluated through dynamic palpation, X-rays, and orthopedic and neurological evaluation as offered by chiropractors.
How long does a herniated disc last
A herniated disc occurs when one of the soft, cushioning discs that protect and support the vertebrae of the spine is damaged or ruptured. This can happen due to a number of factors, including traumatic injury, overuse, illness, or even a sedentary lifestyle combined with being overweight. Once a herniated disc has been diagnosed, it is important to understand how long this condition persists and how it can be treated or managed.
In general, herniated discs tend to last for varying lengths of time depending on the severity of the tissue damage and other individual factors. For mild cases, herniated discs can resolve on their own over time with some rest and home care. It is important to understand that the tissue has been damaged and the risk of recurrence remains increased.
More severe cases may require surgery if they no longer respond to physical therapy with conservative care to treat symptoms such as pain, numbness and muscle weakness. In both cases, it is important to work closely with a quality health care provider to monitor your spinal function and receive the appropriate treatments needed. With the right care, many people are able to successfully manage the symptoms of herniated discs and lead full and active lives.
Finally, genetics are considered to be involved in herniated discs and their recurrence. Epigenetic studies show that we often inherit bad behaviors in addition to genes and that new and healthier habits promote health.
A testimonial from a satisfied patient following treatment for a herniated disc
Our skier here had been suffering from a herniated disc following an accident for several months, and the pain was preventing him from enjoying his favorite activities. He had tried several different treatment options, but none of them seemed to provide lasting relief. His friends recommended that he try the spinal decompressionand decided to give it a try.
After only a few sessions, he began to feel a difference. The pain was gone and he had his life back. He can now enjoy skiing and spending time with his family without constant pain.
He is so happy with the results that he decided to send us a pretty funny video to share his experience with others.
I invite you to watch it here:
In conclusion, a herniated disc can cause you a lot of pain and can even prevent you from fully enjoying life...
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