How to identify the various herniated disc causes

One of the best ways to avoid developing a herniated disc is to know the causes of the condition. While some of the most common causes of degenerative disc disease, like the natural aging process and birth defects, are unavoidable some lifestyle factors and certain daily activities can also greatly increase the likelihood that you will develop the condition. Having a basic understanding of what a herniated disc is and what leads to the condition through the information provided in the following article, can help you avoid or limit the risk factors and reduce the chance of developing chronic neck or back pain.

Developing a herniated disc

A herniated disc is a degenerative spine condition that can develop in the neck or the back. When a disc in the spine becomes herniated or ruptured, the disc’s inner gel-like center leaks through the tear in the outer layer of the disc and into the spinal canal. This condition isn’t necessarily symptomatic, but when the inner disc material comes into contact with a nerve root or the spinal cord, symptoms such as local pain, numbness, tingling and muscle weakness can occur.

Identifying the risk factors of a herniated disc

The most common way for a herniated disc to develop is the aging process. As we grow older, years of wear take a toll and the disc naturally begins to deteriorate, which can cause tears in the disc’s outer wall to form. However, a number of other herniated disc causes also exist that can either accelerate this deterioration or directly lead to disc damage. Some examples include:

  • Participation in high-impact sports
  • Repetitive bending, twisting or lifting
  • Poor posture
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Poor lumbar support at the office
  • Excess weight
  • Excessive alcohol or tobacco abuse

While limiting these risks factors will not guarantee that you will never develop a herniated disc or other spine conditions, it will help you prevent it by increasing your overall spine health.

Herniated disc treatments

To learn more about the various herniated disc causes, visit your doctor or a spine specialist. If you develop the condition and haven’t found relief from conservative treatments such as pain medication, chiropractic care and physical therapy, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn how our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures can help you find relief from your herniated disc pain.

At Laser Spine Institute, we have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain, setting us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. Our surgeons use a less than 1-inch incision and muscle-sparing techniques in order to alleviate symptoms while resulting in less bleeding and a lower risk of complication compared to traditional open back surgery.^

Through a no-cost MRI review* of your spine, we can evaluate your condition to see if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive herniated disc procedures.

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