Global PT. Understanding Herniated Discs


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UNDERSTANDING HERNIATED DISCS 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 evenmore painful than your run-of-the-mill back pain. A herniated disc is one of themost painful back 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 boneswould rub against one another with everymovement, and thiswould be incredibly painful. Whenadiscbecomesherniated, thecushioning 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, 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. (Continued inside)

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