Herniated Disc Causes and Cures
By Jesse Cannone CFT, CPRS, CSPN
So what in the world is a herniated disc? Well, rather than confuse you more, I am going to give you my simple, easy to understand definitionÖ
A herniated disc is simply a protrusion, or sticking out, of the disc. Think of a disc as a balloon being held in place between your hands. If you push your hands together unevenly, the balloon will bulge out on the opposite side. This is what happens to the disc between the vertebrae.
A bulging disc is the same thing as a herniated disc--just a different name.
Herniated discs are probably one of the most common diagnoses for back pain, and is often used when a doctor canít find an explanation for the personís pain.
The problem is, many people who are diagnosed with a herniated disc donít have pain because of it. And, for years, research has shown that--in many cases--people live with herniated discs, yet never have any back pain or symptoms. The point is, if youíve been diagnosed with a herniated or bulging disc, it may not be whatís really causing your back pain!
Even if youíve had x-rays and MRIs that show a herniated disc, chances are still very good that itís not the problem. So read on to learn more and find out whatís causing your back pain.
So what causes a disc to herniate?
Well, many people want you to believe itís old age, excess weight, stress, poor genetics, or how you lift a heavy object.
While these are all potential factors, the biggest factor or cause is uneven pressure placed on the disc. Yes, you read that right: uneven pressure on discs is the biggest cause of herniated discs.
Remember we talked earlier about the uneven pressure? Well, months and years of this uneven pressure causes discs to break down.
Do you have any idea what causes this uneven pressure?
Itís something so simple that it amazes me how many people, including the experts (orthopedic specialists, chiropractors, physical therapists, etc.) fail to recognize it.
So what is it? Muscle imbalances.
You see, muscle imbalances pull your bones and joints, especially the pelvis and spine, out of place. This results in excess and uneven wear and tear on the body.
This is where Chiropractors come in.
The whole concept of chiropractic care is to manually move the bones and joints back into the proper position.
Makes sense, right?
WRONG! Why? Because the same muscles that pulled those bones and joints out of place to begin with--will do so again. And usually within days.
The only way to address muscle imbalances is to first identify them, then work on correcting them with the right combination of corrective exercises and stretches. Any treatment that fails to include this formula is doomed to fail!
To learn more about muscle imbalances, be sure to read my article titled, ďAches, Pains, and InjuriesĒ here: http://www.losethebackpain.com/achesandpainsarticle.html
So when does a herniated disc actually cause pain?
Typically, a herniated disc will cause pain when it is putting pressure on a nerve or nerves and this pain is usually felt down the backside of the leg. However, occasionally individuals experience pain in the disc itself or the area around it.
How do you know whatís causing your back pain?
Whether your pain is in the disc or shooting down your leg, I am willing to bet that it has something to do with muscle imbalances.
In my opinion, it always makes sense to start at the beginning. So, the first thing to do is identify what muscles imbalances you have and then begin work on correcting them.
Don't try things like ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and cortisone shots--and then feel disappointed that they didnít work. How can they? Remember, they donít address the root cause of the problem!
I am not saying that these types of treatments donít have a place. Itís just that they will not give you the long-term relief you are looking for. For example, ultrasound may be helpful in conjunction with a corrective exercise and stretching program--but itís not likely to do much on its own.
The real key is to not only treat the symptoms, but address the cause of the problem also. You can learn more about how to identify and correct your muscles imbalances in our video, "Lose the Back Pain."
In it, we take you thru a series of self-assessments in which youíll identify which specific muscle imbalances you have. We then show you step-by-step what to do to correct them in our Corrective Action Plans. All you have to do is follow the instructions--and in weeks, maybe days, your back will be feeling great again. Order your copy online.
Article by Jesse Cannone, a certified personal fitness trainer and post-rehab specialist who has helped hundreds of individuals to eliminate their back pain. Visit his site now and be sure to sign up for his free email course on eliminating back pain.
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