Herniated lumbar disc, usually called a slipped or ruptured disk, most often occurs in the lower back. A spinal disk is composed of a soft center encased within a tougher exterior. A herniated disk occurs when some of the softer "jelly" pushes out through a tear in the tougher exterior.
This week, we start an examination of Herniated lumbar disc, a condition that is one of the most common causes of lower back pain and sciatica (leg pain). We begin by examining symptoms and causes for this all-too-common condition.
The most common signs and symptoms of a herniated disk are:
Not all patients will experience pain as a disk degenerates. Herniated disks sometimes show up on spinal images of people who have no symptoms of a disk problem.
Disk herniation is most often the result of a gradual, aging-related wear and tear called disk degeneration. Like other parts of the body, as we age, our spinal disks lose some of their water content. That makes them less flexible and more prone to tearing or rupturing.
Sometimes, using back muscles instead of leg and thigh muscles to lift large, heavy objects can lead to a herniated disk, as can twisting and turning while lifting.
Next week, we will conclude our study of Herniated lumbar disc by examining common risk factors and treatment options.
If you are experiencing back pain, don’t wait for your family physician; visit Excel Rehabilitation Services on Burnside Ave. in Gonzales, Louisiana. You will receive one-on-one care from an experienced physical therapist!