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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.
spinal nerves, causing the pain to spread even further up the spine. The most common placement for a herniated disc is at the lumbar vertebrae 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 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 workingwithaphysical therapist isoneof thebestways to experience relief from the pain associated with this common concern. How does this happen? Thevertebrae in thespinearestackedclosely 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.Oneof themostcommoncausesofaherniated disc is heavy lifting. Weightlifters have to be especially warynot tosuddenly liftsomething tooheavy,otherwise risk experiencing a slipped disc. But experienced gym goers are not the only ones at risk. Every time you attempt to move a piece of furniture, a heavy box, or even a big bag of books you need to be wary to lift correctly,otherwise face the riskofpotentiallyherniating a disc in your back.
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. 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 structureofyourspine iswhatallowsyou tomove 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 thevertebraeandcausing the bones tobegin to rubagainstoneanother.This ispainful enoughas it is,butcanbecomeevenmorepainful if the herniated disc actually begins to press on the adjacent
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