Prolapsed disc prevention is typically contingent on avoiding the behaviors that can lead to intervertebral disc degeneration. Unfortunately, one of the most frequent causes of prolapsed discs is the regular aging process, which can make prevention difficult. Although, this is not to say that there aren’t ways to reduce spine deterioration and strengthen the back and neck.
A prolapsed disc is another name for an intervertebral pad that has become ruptured or herniated. Normally, these discs cushion the spine and prevent the vertebrae in the back and neck from grinding together. Yet, over time, the pads become prone to gradual deterioration as a result of years of wear and tear. The outer walls of the disc weaken, the protein and water makeup changes, and eventually the inner jelly-like material can rupture out of the disc. Somewhat surprisingly, a prolapsed disc doesn’t cause pain in itself, but rather can lead to nerve compression – which causes pain-related symptoms. As such, if your prolapsed disc hasn’t compressed a nearby nerve, you may not know you have one.
Prolapsed Disc Prevention Ideas
Growing older is clearly unavoidable, and a certain degree of spine degeneration is to be expected. That being said, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of intervertebral disc problems. For example, prolapsed discs often occur as a result of excess strain placed on the spine, so losing a few pounds can reduce the burden and chance for damage. Other prolapsed disc prevention techniques can include:
- Exercise regularly
- Stretch correctly
- Improve your posture – sitting, standing and sleeping
- Quit smoking and avoid alcohol abuse
- Avoid activities that leave you prone to injury
In the event that prolapsed disc prevention has proven ineffective and you are suffering from back and neck pain or any of the other symptoms typically associated with nerve compression, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about your treatment options. We are the worldwide leader in minimally invasive endoscopic spine procedures and may be able to help you rediscover your life without back pain.