Protruding, ruptured or slipped discs are synonyms of the same physical condition – a herniated disc. These discs are soft and malleable parts that act like a cushion between the bones of your spinal cord and prevent them from rubbing against each other.
Sometimes, these discs may lose their cushioning ability. When this happens, the bones of your spine can rub against each other, which can lead to tingling sensations and other discomforts.
In severe cases, the discs can swell and protrude thereby pushing against the nerves of your spine and causing unbearable pain or numbness. If left untreated, disc herniation can lead to several complications, even affecting mobility.
A herniated disc is a common disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. In such a condition, the outer hard shell of the disc ruptures, resulting in the releasing the soft cushioning gel inside. Gradually, this results in the discs losing their ability to provide adequate padding between the bones of your spine.
Herniated discs are more common in the elderly or in those above 50 years of age. As you work hard through the years, it can take a heavy toll on your spinal discs, making them stiff and brittle.
In the elderly, a sudden fall can also rupture the discs or lead to a slipped disc as the entire spinal structure becomes weak with age.
Disc herniation commonly occurs in your lower back region i.e. the lumbar region of your spinal cord. This is because your lower back supports a major portion of your body weight, which is very important.
There are several steps you can take to keep your spine healthy and reduce the chances of a disc herniation.
The heavier you are, the more weight your lower back has to support. Following a healthy diet, avoiding alcohol, all types of processed food and excess fat in your daily meals, along with regular exercise, can help you to maintain a healthy weight.
It is crucial to maintain the correct posture while sitting, standing, walking or going through your daily chores. The correct posture provides additional support to your spine thereby playing a major part in protecting your spinal discs.
If you work in a desk job you likely spend several hours in a sitting position every day. It’s crucial that you maintain a neutral sitting position – keep your spine straight and provide additional support to your lower back. You could use a pillow or a rolled towel to support your lower back.
Exercise for at least half an hour daily in order to maintain a healthy weight that is most suited to your physical proportions. Regular exercise not only keeps your weight under control but also makes your spine more flexible.
If the pain from herniated discs becomes too unbearable, the only thing to do is visit a chiropractor. Our skilled chiropractors know how to adjust the discs so that there is less pressure on your spinal bones and nerves.