The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body Y our H ealtH . Y our C HoiCe . “Do You Need Relief For Your Pain?” Neck Or Back Pain Caused By A Herniated Disc?
The bones in your spine are called the vertebrae. The vertebrae are held together and in place by ligaments and small discs that act as shock absorbers. These control the spine’s range of motion, flexibility and keep the bones and spinal cord safe from damage. However, when a disc is damaged, the inside of the disc can slip out of its place and either bulge or herniate, leaving the spinal joints susceptible to damage. When this occurs, the result is called a “herniated disc”, as well as a “slipped” or “ruptured disc.” Bulging discs are the beginning phase of herniated discs. Very often people have a bulging disc and don’t even know it. Only when the outside of a bulging disc becomes irritated and affects the surrounding tissue does it begin to cause localized pain. With the passage of time, a disc problem can advance and contribute to arm or leg pain depending if the problem is in the neck or back. A herniated disc can be incredibly painful thus hindering a person’s mobility and overall ability to perform day-to-day tasks. Often there is a local mechanical problem in the spine contributing to disc and joint strain, or the body may be compensating, sometimes long term, with faulty movement strategies as we attempt to accomplish our daily routines. These underlying problems persist until appropriate intervention can correct these ingrained patterns.
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