Among the many causes of back pain, one that is often overlooked is that of disc problems. Whether it is a slipped disc, herniated disc, bulging disc, prolapsed disc, or degenerative disc disease, any kind of disc protrusion can cause pain and other symptoms that can affect the spine.
These conditions can be quite debilitating and can seriously affect a person’s quality of life and ability to carry out everyday tasks. Below we’ll take a closer look at the symptoms, causes, and treatment methods available. We’ll also explore a spinal product that is the best solution out of all available treatments.
Types of spinal disc problems
It is important to first understand the structure of the spine to better grasp how disc problems can cause symptoms. The spine is made up of a series of bones called vertebrae. Between each of these vertebrae, there is a cushioning structure called a disc. The disc is made up of a tough outer layer and a soft, jelly-like inner layer.
Oftentimes, a series of factors can affect one or both layers of the disc, leading to one of the following:
Causes of a slipped disc on the spine
Most often, a disc herniation or disc degeneration occurs due to:
- Age-related wear and tear, which results in the bones, cartilages and other supporting structures of the spine to break down, and which can also lead to loss of water content from the nucleus of the disc, altering its shape and height.
- Repetitive strain injuries are typically caused due to repetitive motions that place an increased pressure on the back.
- Poor posture that forces the spine to be kept in an unhealthy position.
- Obesity and being overweight increase the pressure placed on the spine, which can lead to an altered spine shape and a change in alignment.
Symptoms of spine disc problems
Not all people who suffer from a disc problems feel any symptoms, or at least not immediately. For people who do experience them, the symptoms can vary from person to person, depending on the severity of the condition. Some common symptoms include:
- Herniated disc pain, which tends to often affect the lumbar spine or cervical spine, and manifests as lower back pain, or neck pain.
- Lower back pain can be particularly prevalent because when a the affected disc bulges out of its normal anatomical space and into the spinal canal, it can rub against spinal nerves, such as the sciatic nerve, it can lead to nerve pain, and in this case sciatica.
- Pain in the back or neck, depending on the location of the affected disc.
- Numbness or tingling sensations down the arms or legs.
- Weakness in the muscles of the back and neck.
- Stiffness in the back or neck, oftentimes coupled with reduced mobility.
In some cases, the hallmark of a spinal disc issue is severe pain along the spine. This indicates that a nerve root has most likely become pinched, and is kept in that constant state of pinching due to the disc continuously pressing against it, which causes irritation and triggers pain sensations.
Treatment methods for a painful spine disc
Treatment for spine disc pain can vary depending on the severity of the condition. Mild cases may only require rest and over-the-counter painkillers, while more severe cases may require surgery. Other treatment methods include physical therapy, chiropractic care, and acupuncture.
The best solution for back pain caused by disc problems
One of the best choices you can make for your spine to obtain pain relief from severe disc pain is to decompress it with the Spinal Backrack. Doing this will allow the damaged disc to heal, and gradually release the trapped nerve. As a result, the pain shall subside once the nerve root is no longer irritated by the disc rubbing against it.