Your spine is one of the most important parts of your body. If you have any problems here then you’re certainly going to feel it. One of these issues is called a Herniated Disc. Someone with a Herniated disc will most likely have pain, numbness, and difficulty walking. It can also be life threatening for long enough, as it can potentially do permanent damage to your spinal cord.
What Can Cause a Herniated Disc
Herniated discs have numerous causes that can range from small accidents like slips and falls, to major ones like car accidents. Slips and falls that impact your spine can misalign one or even more of your spinal discs and cause them to become herniated. Car accidents present an even bigger chance of this happening, as the force involved in a car accident is many times stronger than if you simply slipped.
Accidents also aren’t the only source of a Herniated Disc. Some individuals with other spinal conditions like scoliosis and other spinal deformities are at higher risk of naturally developing this painful condition.
Overexertion can also cause one of your discs to become herniated. Usually this can happen when you lift objects beyond what your body can handle. Athletes, warehouse workers, and other individuals who lift heavy objects on the regular are at higher risk of this condition.
What Are Your Options When Dealing With It?
Herniated discs are not easy to fix and should be treated with utmost care as your spine is at risk. Despite the difficulty though, you do have a few options for easing the pain and discomfort that a herniated disc can cause.
A good option is to find a way to reduce the inflammation that usually comes with it. Without medication, you have the option of using either heat or cold to reduce the inflammation and relieve the pressure on your spine. Hot showers, a warm compress, or an ice pack can all help.
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Herniated discs can be an incredibly painful condition that can really affect your day to day life. It’s made even harder by the fact that it doesn’t heal on its own. That’s where we come in. We want to help you get some well deserved reprieve from the pain that a herniated disc can cause.