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What Are The Causes Of A Herniated Disc?

Herniated Disc

More than 3 million sufferers of herniated disc are treated annually in the United States.A herniated disc occurs when the gelatinous center of a spinal disc protrudes through a crack in the calcified exterior casing.

Although some herniated discs have no symptoms, sufferers may experience in their legs, arms, feet, neck, or back:

⦁ muscle weakness, spasms, or overactive reflexes
⦁ leg, foot, or hand numbness; pins and needles; or a tingling and burning sensation
⦁ stiff neck


Disc herniation most commonly results from a gradual, age-related wear and tear called disc degeneration.

As we age, our spinal discs have a reduction of their water content, contributing to their reduction in flexibility and making them more prone to rupture with even the slightest back strain or twist. Although most pain sufferers can not determine the exact cause of their herniated disc, employing your back muscles instead of your leg and thigh muscles to lift particularly heavy objects can lead to a herniated disc. It is relatively rare for a herniated disc to be caused by a traumatic event, such as a sudden fall or a severe wallop on the back.

There are 3 major factors that may increase your risk of a herniated disc. These may include:

⦁ Genetics – people can be born with a susceptibility to developing a herniated disc.
⦁ Weight – excess body weight (obesity) causes extra stress on the discs in your lower back.
⦁ Occupation – occupations that are physically taxing have a much greater risk of back problems due to repetitive motions, such as heavy lifting, pulling, pushing, twisting and bending, raise your risk of a herniated disc.

Fortunately, knowing these risk factors can make them preventable. However, if you are afflicted with a herniated disc, it is treatable with physical therapy, medication, and/or surgery (if required).

The physicians at Louisiana Pain Specialists are dedicated to practicing pain medicine in a responsible manner that brings relief to those that are suffering, recognizing that an accurate diagnosis is crucial in order to alleviate the pain. If you have chronic pain that is interfering with your daily activities, Louisiana Pain Specialists serves the Metro New Orleans area at five different locations: in Kenner at 231 West Esplanade Avenue, Suite B; in Metairie at 3434 Houma Boulevard, Suite 301; in New Orleans at 3439 Prytania Street, Suite 501; in New Orleans East at 5621 Read Boulevard; and in Marrero at 4520 Wichers Drive, Suite 205. While we participate in most insurance plans, our insurance specialist will confirm your coverage prior to attending your appointment.

To make an appointment to learn how our physicians can alleviate your chronic pain, call (504) 267-1185.

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