Now that football season has made its triumphant return (is it September already?), we thought we would take a look at a common contact sport injury: a herniated disc.
What causes a herniated disc?
A herniated disc can flare up from more than just a hard fall during a football game. Working in an environment with repetitive actions such as lifting, bending, sitting, or driving can contribute. Improper lifting techniques, regardless of how often you do it, are also common causes. Disc disease can sometimes be genetic as well.
Aging, however, is the leading cause of a bulging disc. This differs from a herniated disc in the sense that they start to become more common in your 30’s and 40’s, and especially afterward. The older you get, the more the above-mentioned actions tend to wear on your discs.
Think of your spinal discs as a sponge. Discs, like a sponge, have an elastic recoil. And when they lose water content, they become stiffer and more susceptible to damage.
A herniated disc occurs when the tough outer layer of the disc becomes cracked, and the softer inner tissue becomes exposed. This causes a great deal of pain, as nerve endings become exposed when a disc herniates.
What can I do to prevent or treat a herniated disc?
If you aren’t experiencing a herniated disc, there are a few good practices to keep your elastic recoil in check.
Perhaps you are already experiencing the pains of a herniated disc. This is where our professionals at Allied Health come into play. Dr. Aaron Nelson has years of experience in spinal manipulation and working with patients with back issues. Schedule an appointment with him today, and let’s get you on the road to recovery.