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UNDERSTANDING HERNIATED DISCS WILL ALLOW YOU TO LIVE PAIN-FREE

Back pain can develop for all sorts of 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. There are some back injuries, however, that are evenmorepainful thanyourrun-of-the-millback pain.Aherniateddisc isoneof themostpainful back injuriesthatyoucanexperience,and it isfar more common than you may be initially aware. What is a Herniated Disc? Yourspine ismadeupofaseriesof interlocking bones with small cushions in-between each jointsocket.Thestructureofyourspine iswhat

allows you to move freely from side to side. Everytimeyoucrunchyourabdomenbybending forward,or lean toonesideoranotherforadeep stretch, those little vertebral bodies move with you, keeping you comfortable and your back strong. Without cushioning in between each of thosesockets, theboneswould rubagainstone another with every movement, and this would be incredibly painful. Whenadiscbecomesherniated, thecushioning inbetween thevertebraewillrupture,essentially deflatingthecushioning inbetweenthevertebrae and causing the bones to begin to rub against one another. This is painful enough as it is, but can become even more painful if the herniated disc actually begins to press on the adjacent

spinal nerves, causing the pain to spread even further up the spine. The most common placement for a herniated disc isat the lumbarvertebrae in the lowerback. 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 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 its own, and working with a physical therapist is one of the best ways to experience relief from thepainassociatedwith thiscommonconcern. (Continued Inside...)

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