One of the most common causes of back pain is a herniated disc. A herniated disc happens when all or portions of the disc in the spine is forced through a weakened portion of the disc. This can cause pressure on nearby nerves. Most people think that this process can only result from an injury, or other trauma to the back, such as heavy lifting, or a fall but actually it is mostly a result of the aging process. The Illinois Back Institute can help you to understand your herniated disc treatment options.
Common symptoms associated with herniated discs:
Herniated disc symptoms vary for each patient, but most commonly occur in the leg. You may feel a burning sensation in one leg, prolonged or intermittent pain, aggravation from standing, bending or twisting your spine, or increased pain when coughing or sneezing.
- Tingling or numbness in the body part where the affected nerves are located.
- Herniated Disc in the lower back – You typically will feel the most extreme pain in your buttocks, thigh and leg below your knee. Possibly even in your foot.
- Herniated Disc in the neck – You typically will feel the most extreme pain in the shoulder and arm.
- Leg or arm pain.
- This pain may shoot down the leg or arm when you move your spine into certain positions. Even little moves like sneezing can cause the pain.
- Weakness in the muscles in the area that is affected which may cause you to not be able to do certain things like lift or hold items.
- Severe deep muscle pain and muscle spasms
The pain often starts off slow but can get worse over time if the correct herniated disc treatment is not sought. Everyday activities like standing, sitting, laughing, coughing, bending backwards or even walking can make the pain more intense.
Risk factors associated with herniated discs:
- A history of back injuries
- Aging: Getting older naturally causes disc degeneration
- Smoking: Toxins from smoking can keep the spinal discs from absorbing all the nutrients they need from the blood, making an injury to your disc more likely.
- Lack of exercise: Not exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight puts pressure on the lower back.
- Obesity: Being overweight and in poor physical condition can weaken the muscles and flexibility leading to lower back pain. Eating healthy and exercising can help curb this
- Strenuous exercise: Avoid doing strenuous exercise for a long time or exercising too hard too much after a long period of time not exercising.
- Poor posture: Practice good posture while sitting, sleeping, walking and standing to avoid herniated discs
- Uncomfortable footwear: Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes that throw your spine off balance.
- Prolonged sitting: If you do have to sit for long periods of time, stretch often and make sure to take micro-breaks throughout the day.
- Heavy lifting & frequent bending, twisting, or repetitive movements of the back: use proper lifting techniques for big or small lifting at work and at home.
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