What is a herniated disc?
This can be defined as a condition where one of the pads between the vertebrae moves out of position and messes with the neighboring nerves. This condition is fairly common and can occur anywhere along the spine. Most cases of herniated discs reported have been on the neck and lower back regions. This condition is also known as a ruptured or slipped disc.
- Disk degeneration. This is where your spinal disc endures wear and tear as you grow old.
- The use of back muscles to lift heavy objects. One is advised to use both leg and thigh muscles while moving and lifting heavy objects.
- Constant twisting and turning while lifting or moving objects
A rather surprising fact to note is that herniated discs are rarely caused by traumatic events such as accident and injuries.
- Arm or leg pain.
- Numbness – areas, where the nerve has been affected, will experience numbness or a tingling effect.
These symptoms are not necessarily indicators of herniated discs. Some people have been diagnosed without showing the above signs.
The following should help you in the prevention of herniated discs:
- Exercise – regular exercise helps you strengthen the muscles around the spine which help support the discs.
- Good posture – Good posture such as keeping your back straight, reduces the pressure on your spine.
- Weight – if you are overweight you will put unnecessary pressure on your discs.
At Whites Physical Therapy in Wilmington, MA your herniated disc can be successfully treated. Visit us and let our physical therapists examine you and come up with a perfect physical therapy regimen. This regimen will help reduce the trauma suffered due to this condition. Highly qualified physical therapists at Whites Physical Therapy will also help you with pain meds and steroid use should it come to that. They will also put you through