When you're young and flexible, you usually don't think twice about back pain. But after a few years, it is very likely that you will feel a pinch every now and then.
There is a lot of gravity pulling the spine down over the years, and the discs tend to collapse, leaving the vertebrae to rub against each other. After a while, the pulling can turn into a real pain, sometimes in the back but sometimes along the leg. When there is a bulging disc, it can press on a nerve and cause sciatica pain which can be excruciating.
A bulging disc occurs when one of the discs between your vertebrae develops a weak spot and comes out. This article will give you the information you need to help you decide how to take care of your spine problems.
Sometimes you need surgery, but it's usually a last resort. It's also possible that you just need a little physical therapy or chiropractic care to realign the vertebrae so that the discs no longer swell. This will take the pressure off the nerve so that your pain will improve.
Doctors and therapists will teach you how to exercise and behave so that you stay in good health over time. Depending on the location of your protruding disc, it can cause much more than just pain.
In the lower back it can cause pain in the legs and hips, as well as urinary and bowel incontinence. Many people who have a bulging disc may not even know it, as long as the bulging area is not pressing on any surrounding tissue.
About ninety percent of bulging discs are found in the lower back, which is the lumbar area of the spine. If it is in the upper back, the pain will radiate from the neck to the arms and fingers. It is important that you see a doctor if you experience symptoms so that you can receive a proper diagnosis.
Do you have back pain? Has the pain been there for some time or has it gotten worse? Not showing signs of improvement? If this sounds like you, you may have a bulging or herniated spinal disc in your back.
Or the injury may be related to a muscle tear or strain. This type of condition is usually not a big problem unless it is not treated. If you don't address the cause of the problem, it will recur and get worse over time.
If you don't go through the necessary processes to allow the lump to heal, the result may be your only option is surgery. Once an injured intervertebral disc has resolved, there are many factors to remember and practice.
Good posture when sitting, standing or walking is essential. It is important to avoid high heels whenever you are likely to stand for long periods of time.
Bending over to lift something requires thinking, squatting and lifting your back straight. Finally, carry any heavy object close to your body.
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