VERT PT. What Is A Herniated Disc?


A Herniated Disc May Be The Cause Of Your Back Pain WHAT IS A HERNIATED DISC?

Back pain can develop for all sorts of reasons. From a car accident to bad posture, toanuncomfortableseat foraprolongedperiodof time,backpaincan comeoutofnowhereandcausenosmallamountofdiscomfortonce itarrives. There are some back injuries, however, that are even more painful than your run-of-the-mill back pain. A herniated disc is one of the most painful back injuries that you can experience, and it is far more common than you may be initially aware. Your spine is made up of a series of interlocking bones with small cushions in-betweeneach jointsocket.Thestructureofyourspine iswhatallowsyou to move freely fromside toside.Every timeyoucrunchyourabdomenbybending forward,or lean toonesideoranother foradeepstretch, those littlevertebral bodies move with you, keeping you comfortable and your back strong. Without cushioning inbetweeneachof thosesockets, theboneswouldrubagainstone another with every movement, and this would be incredibly painful.

When a disc becomes herniated, the cushioning in between the vertebrae will rupture, essentially deflating the cushioning in between the vertebrae and causing the bones to begin to rub against one another. This is painful enough as it is,butcanbecomeevenmorepainful if theherniateddiscactuallybegins topresson theadjacentspinalnerves,causing thepain tospreadeven further up the spine. Themostcommonplacement foraherniateddisc isat the lumbarvertebrae in the lower back. While it is not the only reason that pain can become severe in the lower back, it is definitely one of the most severe forms of back pain. If you suspect thatyoumayhaveexperiencedaherniateddisc it is important thatyou seek medical attention,such as from your physical therapist. A herniated disc willnothealon itsown,andworkingwithaphysical therapist isoneof thebest ways toexperiencerelief from thepainassociatedwith thiscommonconcern.

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