Prolapsed disc prevention
Prolapsed disc prevention is not always possible, but it usually depends on avoiding the behaviors that can lead to disc degeneration. The primary underlying cause of prolapsed discs is the natural aging process, which no one can avoid. However, by having a better understanding of the steps you can take to promote a healthier spine and discs, you can give yourself the best chance of avoiding this and other similar conditions.
A prolapsed disc is a term for a spinal disc that has become ruptured or herniated. Normally, these discs cushion the spine and prevent the vertebrae in the neck and back from grinding together. Yet, over time, they 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 jellylike material can rupture out of the disc, causing a prolapse.
Prolapsed discs don’t always cause pain themselves, with symptoms most often resulting from compression or irritation of nerves by displaced disc material. In fact it is possible to have this condition and not know it if symptoms are not being experienced.
Prolapsed disc prevention steps
A certain degree of spine degeneration happens to everyone due to natural age-related changes, which is why it is impossible to completely prevent the possibility of this condition developing. That being said, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of 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 of damage. Other prolapsed disc prevention techniques can include:
- Exercise regularly
- Practice good posture
- Stretch correctly
- Improve your posture — sitting, standing and sleeping
- Quit smoking and avoid excessive alcohol consumption
- Avoid activities that leave you prone to injury
- Eat a healthy diet
In the event that prolapsed disc prevention has proven ineffective and you are experiencing neck and back 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 leader in minimally invasive spine procedures and want to help you find relief from back pain.
If you’d like to find out if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures, be sure to ask for your free MRI review* from a member of our caring team.