Adirondack PT. Herniated Discs

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Leave Back Pain Behind in 2019! Understanding Herniated Discs

Backpaincandevelop forallsortsof reasons.From a car accident to bad posture, to an uncomfortable seat for a prolonged period of time, back pain can come out of nowhere and cause no small amount of discomfort once it arrives. Therearesomeback injuries,however, thatareeven more painful than your run-of-the-mill back pain. A herniateddisc isoneof themostpainfulback injuries that you can experience, and it is far more common than you may be initially aware. What is a herniated disc? Your spine is made up of a series of interlocking bones with small cushions in-between each joint socket. The structure of your spine is what allows you to move freely from side to side. Every time you crunch your abdomen by bending forward, or lean to one side or another for a deep stretch, those little vertebral bodies move with you, keeping you comfortable and your back strong. Without

cushioning in between each of those sockets, the bones would rub against one 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 thecushioning inbetween thevertebraeand causingthebonestobegintorubagainstoneanother. This is painful enough as it is, but can become even more painful if the herniated disc actually begins to presson theadjacentspinalnerves,causing thepain to spread even further up the spine. Themostcommonplacement foraherniateddisc is at the lumbarvertebrae in the lowerback.While it is not the only reason that pain can become severe in the lowerback, it isdefinitelyoneof themostsevere forms of back pain. If you suspect that you may have experienced a herniated disc it is important that you seek medical attention, such as from your physical therapist. A herniated disc will not heal on itsown,andworkingwithaphysical therapist isone

of the best ways to experience relief from the pain associated with this common concern. How does this happen? The vertebrae in the spine are stacked closely together, with only a small amount of space for the discs in between each bone. A disc can become herniated as a result of injury, car accident, or even simply from overuse. One of the most common causes of a herniated disc is heavy lifting. Weight liftershave tobeespeciallywarynot tosuddenly lift something too heavy, otherwise risk experiencing a slipped disc. But experienced gym goers are not the only ones at risk. Every time you attempt to moveapieceof furniture, aheavy box, or even abig bag of books you need to be wary to lift correctly, otherwise face the risk of potentially herniating a disc in your back.

Formore informationaboutphysical therapy options for herniated discs, call Adirondack Physical Therapy at 315.207.2222!

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