In this article, we are to sharing with you some treatment and management of the lumbar spine.
In particular today, we’re going to be talking about herniated discs.
A herniated disc is one of the most common causes of lower back pain that we see in our clinic on a day to day basis.
So today what we’re going to talk about is what a herniated disc is, some signs and symptoms of a herniated disc, causes that may be causing that disc to become irritated, and treatment solutions to hopefully alleviate that herniated disc.
What Is A Herniated Disc?
What a disc is, is it is a spacer that is between the vertebral bodies of all of our spinal segments, particularly we’re talking about the low back or the lumbar spine today.
And these are soft cushion-like material with a little bit of fluid in the middle and with a herniated disc that fluid begins to protrude outward towards the back of the spine towards our nerve roots.
Signs & Symptoms
And that is commonly what the pain sensation you’ll be feeling is, is that pushing on the nerve roots.
Some common signs and symptoms of a herniated disc are sharp pain local into the low back with a grabbing-like sensation.
And you’ll commonly feel also some sort of pain down the leg, into either the thigh, calf, or foot.
Can include tingling, burning, a numbness feeling, or even some sharp throbbing pains into the leg or foot.
So a couple of common causes of a herniated disc that we commonly see in our clinic are hypermobility of the lumbar spine and the surrounding ligamentous structures.
So if the spine is hypermobile and moving too much in a particular direction, it can create abnormal pressure on the disc, thus causing it to push and protrude out onto that nerve root.
Poor Lifting Mechanics
Another big common one that we see and hear about often is poor lifting mechanics or abnormal postures with lifting.
When the low back is flexed and is in a flex position with increased lifting a weight such as with a deadlift can increase the pressure on a disc causing it to herniate or protrude out or bulge. You might’ve heard any of those different terms.
Poor Sitting Posture
Another common cause that we see of an irritated disc is poor sitting posture.
So again, sitting with a slouched position sometimes with a little bit of rounded, a rounded position to the low back.
Another common cause that we see down the road is the tightness of the hips.
Hip tightness often creates excess motion at the lumbar spine.
So if our hips aren’t moving freely, the low back or the lumbar spine tends to try and move to make up for that lack of motion at the hips and can cause increased stress, which would then cause the herniated disc and the subsequent symptoms like the pain down the leg, or the sharp grabbing pain into the low back.