Spinal disc herniation

Spinal disc herniation | Self-healing

Besides limiting heavy physical activities, it is suggested to apply hot and cold, do exercises that help improving physical strength and the elasticity of the lumbar region.

Some exercises are thought for this purpose. One useful exercise is

Spinal disc herniation

Spinal disc herniation | Prevention

It is possible to prevent disc herniation if learning to correct some risk factors in good time: 

Spinal disc herniation

Spinal disc herniation | Therapy

A conservative treatment often allows to solve the problem successfully. Avoiding movements and postures that induce pain, taking anti inflammatory medicines and doing physical treatment it is possible to reduce or eliminate the symptoms in 70% of the cases. Generally a satisfying recovery is reachable within a couple of months, during which the herniated portion tends to decrease its volume.

Spinal disc herniation

Spinal disc herniation | Diagnosis

A backache strong enough to interfere with daily activities and that increases when coughing or sneezing or that radiates to the leg, must suggest to call the doctor immediately.

The medical examination can help the doctor to diagnose a disc herniation; in particular, some movements he may require to do, are really useful.

Spinal disc herniation

Spinal disc herniation | Causes

Disc herniation is often the result of a gradual disc degeneration.

With age there is a progressive disc hydration reduction and so of their elasticity and for this reason they are more exposed to tears or breaking, also as a consequence of light traumas or stress. Moreover, hernias may be caused by weightlifting when loading the back instead of legs, while they are less frequently caused by traumas, i.e. a fall.

It is clear as some factors may induce disc herniation more than others.

Spinal disc herniation

Spinal disc herniation | Symptoms

One of the main causes of loin sciatica is spinal disc herniation. It is a medical condition caused by an alteration of the intervertebral discs. These lie between adjacent vertebrae in the spine and separate them.

Discs consist of a thick fibrous “cover” (called annulus fibrosus) which surrounds a gelatinous “pad” (nucleus); its function is to absorb the impact of the body’s daily activities on the vertebrae and especially the discs located in the lumbar region of the spine are more exposed to shocks.

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