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Is a Herniated Disc to Blame for Your Low Back Pain?

A herniated disc is a spine condition that describes a problem with one or more of the spine’s intervertebral discs. Among the most prominent symptoms of a herniated disc in the lumbar spine is low back pain. While herniated discs don’t go away by themselves, a spine health expert can provide the diagnosis and help you need in treating the herniated disc problem and healing the low back pain it is causing.

Understanding the Herniated Disc as a Cause of Lumbar Spine Pain

If you’re suffering from low back pain, a herniated disc in the lumbar spine may be causing it. This condition shouldn’t solely be considered an “old person’s” issue. In fact, herniated discs can affect people in their 40’s and 50’s as often as it can in people who are 60 and older.

Your spine is comprised of 24 vertebrae and between each of them is a flat, round disc that is about ½ inch thick. These discs act as the seat cushions for each vertebra, shielding them from the shock that is produced each time you walk or run. Like any other structure in the spine, intervertebral discs can become damaged either through wear and tear, traumatic injury or a degenerative condition. When damage occurs, low back pain can often be the primary symptom that presents itself.

Herniated Discs in the lumbar spine happen when the gel-like material inside the disc leaks out through a crack in the tough outer layer in the disc. While herniated discs and low back pain often go hand-in-hand as a common medical problem, if not properly diagnosed and treated they can lead to further spine damage and pain.

Unlike a bulging disc, which involves an intervertebral disc that is compressed and “bulging” outside of its normal disc space, a herniated disc in the lower back means that there is a crack or tear in the tough outer layer of the disc, allowing the soft inner material to “leak” through it. While some herniated discs cause no symptoms at all, others can result in severe low back pain that sometimes irritates surrounding nerves and radiates to the lower extremities.

Herniated discs require a precise medical diagnosis and imaging tests are often required to confirm it. If the disc isn’t causing pain and is discovered incidentally, sometimes there is no immediate treatment required.
But when a herniated lumbar disc causes low back pain, it is important to resolve it in an effort to prevent the spine from further damage and deterioration.

Learn more about the diagnosis of herniated discs that cause low back pain here.

A variety of treatments can help people suffering from low back pain caused by a herniated disc. Learn about them here.

Tips for Preventing and Managing Low Back Pain at Home

  • Making stretching and exercising part of your daily routine. This can help strengthen and protect your spine from damage and injury.
  • If an object seems too heavy to lift properly and carefully by yourself, ask for help.
  • If you’re suffering from low back pain that hasn’t resolved after a few weeks, be sure to make an appointment with a spine health expert to get to the bottom of what is causing the pain.
  • Walking can be a great way to help resolve acute episodes of low back pain. Invite a friend or loved one to take a relaxing stroll with you.

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