The lower back is one of the most important parts of the body, as it holds most of our body weight when we stand and is involved in the movement when we bend or twist at the waist. Because of its pivotal role and frequent use, it is susceptible to injury and chronic pain. Lower back pain is especially common in older adults, who may have decreased bone strength and muscle elasticity.
Many cases of lower back pain are caused by a herniated disk, which involves a degeneration or rupture of the discs that support the vertebrae. This condition causes pain, numbness and weakness in the affected area as the disc presses on the nearby nerve roots. This pain may worsen with activity and lessen during rest. Some herniated discs may heal on their own while others may require surgery.
The disks between the vertebrate and your spine are made up of a tough outer ring and a soft jelly-like substance in the middle. A herniated disk occurs when the outer ring in the disk ruptures so that the soft jelly-like substance in the middle leaks and presses against the nerve tissue.
Pain in the back is often attributed to a bulging or ruptured disc. This condition involves a tear in one of the discs, causing it to press against nearby nerves, causing pain, weakness and other symptoms. The location of the symptoms may vary depending on whether the affected disc is in the cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine.
A bulging disc occurs when the outer ring disc between the vertebrate expands beyond its normal radius and presses against the nerve tissue. Treatment for a bulging disc may vary depending on the location and severity of the disc, but may include rest, applying ice, physiotherapy and anti-inflammatory medications. Severe cases may require surgery to relieve pressure on the nerve and restore the disc back to its original location.
Bulging Degenerative Disc
Also known as a ruptured or slipped disc, bulging degenerative disc involves a weakened, flattened disc that tears and presses against the nerves surrounding it, causing pain, numbness, tingling and weakness throughout the arms or legs, depending on which disc is affected. This condition is most common in patients in their 40s and 50s, as discs degenerate over time and are at a higher risk of rupturing.
The disks between the vertebrate and the spine are made up of a tough outer ring and a soft jelly-like substance in the middle. A bulging degenerative disk occurs when the disk becomes worn and the outer regular disk expands beyond its normal radius and presses against the nerve tissue.
Treatment for a bulging disc may involve open back surgery, which requires a lengthy hospital stay and long recovery time. For patients who do not experience debilitating symptoms from this condition, more conservative treatment may be effective.
Call S.M.A.R.T. Spine Institute and Surgery Center today to schedule your appointment if you are experiencing pain from a herniated disc or bulging disc!