According to the World Health Organization (WHO), back pain affects at least 80% of us at some point in our lives. It is one of the most common diseases in the world. Your back pain in medical jargon may be labelled as lower back pain, sciatica, herniated disc or lumbago (acute or chronic low back pain.) There are other diseases or conditions that may also give you a back pain, but here is a brief definition of the most common medical terms.
The term is used to describe the region where your pain is located. If you suffer from neck pain, the region affected will be your cervical spine (c1 to c7) as you can see in the graphic above. If you suffer from lower back pain the region affected will be between L1-L5 as well as the lumbago.
The herniated disc
The herniated disc is an injury to the intervertebral disc. It is a tear in the annulus fibrosus, through which the core (nucleus pulposus) buldge out of the annulus and comes compress a nerve. The pain appears if the nucleus pulposus comes into contact with a nerve.
The herniated disc may occur throughout the spine. It may occur in the cervical (neck), the thoracic (middle back) and lumbar (lower back) region. These may include pins and needles, pain, weakness, numbness or an electrical shock feeling down your arm or leg (arm for a herniated disc in your neck and leg for a herniated disc in your lower back). Thoracic disc herniation is much less frequent compared to the cervical and lumbar disc herniation.
The symptoms of lumbar disc herniation are the same as sciatica. Pain and tingling in the lower back, into the buttocks and along the leg and the foot.
Herniated Disc Causes
The causes can be many:
- A fall
- Poor posture
- Repetitive movement soliciting your back
- Lifting a too heavy load and twisting your torso at the same time.
- Even sitting for extended periods of time may cause you a lumbar disc herniation.
Remember that the herniated disc can also be found in the cervical and dorsal region. In many cases, the herniated disc (non traumatic) could be avoided with the adoption of a better posture.
Herniated Disc Treatment
There are different methods to treat (alleviate) the herniated disc. Massage therapy, chiropractic, physical therapy, osteopathy and acupuncture may help in relieving the pain related to your herniated disc. Results will vary depending on the severity of the herniated disc.
Don’t you think that would be easier to take care of your posture and you spine to avoid an herniated disc?
Another problem that can occur with time is the dehydration and degeneration of the disc.The intervertebral discs are excellent shock absorbers. It is common to see people who have no intervertebral discs after a certain age. The problem occurs most often between L 4 and L5 . Yes! it’s painful, because there is no more cushion between two vertebrae.
With some prevention! It is possible to avoid herniated disc,dehydration and degeneration of the intervertebral discs.
There are devices on the market that are used to decompress, moisturize your intervertebral discs and realign the vertebrae providing their natural positions.Like the posture pump and the inversion table.
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What you need to know about inversion tables!
I hope this information is helpful!
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By: Michel Bourgeois, Licensed Massage Therapist & Kinesiologist in Santa Monica