What is a Herniated Disc?
Intervertebral discs are in between each of the vertebrae in the spine. Herniated discs most commonly occur in the lumber spine (lower back) and this is a common cause of lower back pain. The pain can be very severe and debilitating. It will cause lower back pain as well as possibly causing pain to go down the back of the leg maybe as far as the foot. A herniated disc can be caused by repeated bending and twisting of the spine, which causes the outer layer of the disc to become worn. This then leads to the inner part of the disc to leak out and press against other structures in the spine.
Changing position and physiotherapy treatment can help to relieve the pain caused by a herniated disc and pain-relieving medication will often be needed.
Common causes of this injury:
- Bending forwards repeatedly
- Bending forwards and lifting heavy objects
- Bending forwards and twisting
Sports that can cause this injury:
Common Signs & Symptoms
Following this injury the common signs and symptoms are:
- Pain in the middle or the side of the back
- Pain spreading down the back of the leg even as far as the foot
- Pain in the back when sitting
What should be done following this injury:
- Consult your GP or chartered physiotherapist
- Keep your back moving gently
- Use a heat pack to apply heat to the painful area to help reduce muscle spasm
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