Slipped disc, otherwise known as herniated disc, is a condition that has plagued many aging people all over the world.The curious part in this is that the problem usually develops over time and happens in the thick of wear and tear action.
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A slipped disc can occur at any part of the spine, from the neck to the lower back, the lower back having a higher incidence of issues among most individuals. As an intricate network of nerves and blood vessels, the spine can fall victim to the added pressure that a slipped disc can place on the nerves and muscles surrounding it.
When any of the outer rings along the line of the spine tears or weakens, the inner portion tends to slip out, thus the term slipped disc.This can also be compounded with awkward motions such as lifting heavy objects that can cause strain on the lower back. The more frequent an individual has to do this kind of movement, the greater becomes the risk of having a slipped disc.
Overweight people are also at risk for having this, because their discs are required to support more weight. It also follows that people who live sedentary lifestyles and thus develop muscle weakness also put themselves at greater risk for the occurrence of a slipped disc.
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Once it hits you, the impact of a slipped disc can range from excruciating pains or paralyzing numbness. Either way, this calls for everyone to become more responsible in caring for their spines.
Joseph Yazdi, M.D.,currently holds practice at Tesson Heights Orthopaedic & Arthroscopic Associates, P.C., having spent both his internship and residency at Hahnemann University Hospital, where he also served in a teaching position. He has also worked at Toledo Clinic and Hospital Sisters Health System.Read more about spinal health here.