When back pain becomes overwhelming, it’s easy to detach from the activities you usually enjoy. In fact, nearly 59% of chronic pain-sufferers report that it impacts their overall joy of life. By getting to the root of your back pain, you can seek treatment and reclaim your zest for life once again.
For many people with back pain, a herniated disc is actually the culprit. This occurs when small tears form in the wall of an injured disc. The injury often compresses a nerve root, causing pain.
While you should always see a physician for your back pain, this guide will help you understand the symptoms, causes, and treatments of herniated discs.
Many people with a herniated disc will experience the following symptoms:
- Arm or leg pain (depending on the site of the disc)
- Numbness or tingling
- Weakness of the limbs
Some people with the condition may not show symptoms at all. If you suspect that you have a herniated disc, physicians and spine surgeons will be able to diagnose you.
The most common cause of disc herniation is age since the spinal column experiences wear and tear with time. Weight gain, heavy lifting, accidents, and abnormal twisting may also cause a disc to herniate. Some people may also be genetically predisposed to this condition, so be sure to know if a family member has been treated for a slipped disc in the past.
Specific treatment for this condition will depend on the severity of the herniation. In some cases, the protrusion may slip back into place with rest and anti-inflammatory medication. Other patients may require physical therapy, cortisol injections, or spine surgery. Spine surgeons have developed specific treatments for various types of herniations, so it’s important to see a specialist.
As with any spinal condition, prevention is key. By exercising regularly, retaining proper posture, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you can keep your spine as healthy as possible. And when you start experiencing pain or other symptoms, be sure to see a spine specialist. This way, you can address the issue and reclaim your vibrant, active life once again.
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