Causes of Prolapsed Discs — Participation in Certain Sports

Participation in certain sports is one of the most common causes of prolapsed discs. While not everyone who plays sports will develop disc problems, there is a correlation between participating in activities that strain the spine and future spine problems. By understanding the risks and working to reduce the burdens placed on your neck and back, you can reduce the likelihood that you’ll develop spine problems later in life.

Spinal degeneration

A natural byproduct of growing older is the deterioration of the anatomical components that support the spine. Over the years, wear and tear causes:

  • Intervertebral discs to weaken
  • Vertebral joints to become arthritic
  • Vertebral canals to narrow
  • The spinal column to become misaligned
  • Muscles to weaken
  • Bone spurs to form

This natural deterioration can be further exacerbated by a variety of risk factors and environmental causes, with participation in certain sports a leading contributing factor. While just about any sport that places strain on the neck or back can be potentially problematic, high-impact sports are particularly troubling due to the potential for jarring blows to the spine. While hockey, football and rugby are frequently associated with disc and spine injuries in the short-term, these sports and others like golf and baseball can have long-lasting impacts as well. Years of bending, twisting and blows to the spine can further weaken its anatomy and make a person even more at-risk for spine degeneration.

Treatment options

All of this isn’t to say that you should not play sports. In fact, leading an active lifestyle is a great way to promote spine health. However, it is important that you understand the potential risks of participating in sports and do what you can to reduce strain on your neck and back, avoid injury and take care of yourself. For information about treating prolapsed discs and other degenerative spine conditions, contact Laser Spine Institute today.