Living with pain as a result of a herniated or bulging disc can greatly intrude on your quality of life and moving throughout your day doing the activities you love. There is a point, a line in the sand, where grinning and bearing it just doesn’t work anymore. If you find yourself constantly consuming anti-inflammatories and being consumed by your pain, you may need to find a better way. This health disruption is costly, but we have non-invasive solutions.
WHAT IS A HERNIATED OR BULGED DISC?
When referring to a herniated or bulging disc, we are referencing the discs within the vertebrae of your spine. The discs are rubbery and the consistency of a jelly doughnut: a concentrated exterior with a softer interior.
A damaged disc results when the softer center is compressed and the “jelly” middle is pushed out. As a result, the herniated disc can irritate spinal nerves and cause pain, weakness, and numbness in the limbs. It is also quite common for people to not even know they have a bulging disc, because they do not always cause pain.
Common symptoms of bulging or herniated discs include:
- Limb pain – The pain associated with a lower back disc injury will surface in your calves, thighs, buttocks, and even radiate down to your foot. If your bulging disc is higher in your neck, the pain may travel into your shoulder or arm.
- Tingling and numbness – Injured discs often push onto a specific area of nerves, thus causing tingling or numbness to occur in your limbs.
- Weakness – Because the nerves are affected by a herniated disc, the muscles will begin to weaken making it harder to maintain stability. You may find yourself stumbling or unable to grip objects as a result.
HOW DO SPINAL DISC ISSUES DEVELOP?
Herniated and bulging discs are most commonly seen as we age and as a result of the wear and tear we place on our bodies. As we age, spinal discs aren’t as hydrated and lose some of their water content which makes them less mobile and more prone to injuries from a simple twist or strain. The event that leads to a herniated or bulged disc isn’t always as apparent as when you break a bone — they can come from lifting heavy objects or in twisting and turning movement, but sudden trauma to your back or spine doesn’t usually result in an injured disc.
There are risk factors associated with spinal disc injuries and include:
- Genetics – These conditions tend to run in families, so if you know a family a member who struggles with this, you may inherit a predisposition to disc issues.
- Weight – Excess weight and obesity put pressure and stress on your lower back, thus subjecting your discs to injury.
- Occupation – People who work physical jobs where they are subjected to heavy lifting, pushing, bending, and pulling increases your chances of disc injuries.
ARE THERE WAYS TO PREVENT A HERNIATED OR BULGING DISC?
The best prevention of disc injuries is to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle which includes:
- Movement – Stay active! Stabilize and increase your mobility and flexibility through physical activity.
- Proper posture – When you keep proper posture in both sitting and standing, it reduces the pressure placed on your discs. If you do life heavy objects, always use proper lifting techniques.
Weight management – The more additional weight your body carries, the greater amount of stress and pressure you place on your discs, so ensure you maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise.
WHEN YOU HERNIATION AND BULGING DISC BECOME A PROBLEM
If your quality of life takes a dramatic dip and you can no longer enjoy the activities you once did because you are constantly in pain, it is time to take action!
Avoid invasive solutions such as surgery and pharmaceuticals, and find all-natural and effective pain-relief for your herniated and bulging disc issues.
Select Health Pain and Regenerative Solutions specializes in healing your back, neck, and nerve pain through alternative and effective treatments for long-term results.