How maintaining good posture can help prevent a herniated disc
Herniated disc — good posture to prevent a herniated disc
A herniated disc is a common spine condition often caused by the natural deterioration of the spine. Over time, the vertebrae of the spine begin to compress due to repetitive motion and weight gain. As the vertebrae compress, the disc in between the vertebrae is squeezed until the hard outer shell breaks and the inner liquid escapes into the spinal canal. It usually occurs either in the cervical spine (neck) or lumbar spine (lower back) because those are the two areas of the spine that experience the most wear and tear.
One of the best ways to avoid this painful condition is to practice good posture throughout the day. Simple practices, such as aligning the spine and standing tall, make a big difference in maintaining a strong and healthy spine over the years.
The impact of good posture on avoiding the development of a herniated disc
At some point in our life, we’ve probably all been told to keep a good posture. But what does that mean and what is the benefit of it?
A good posture is described as standing tall or sitting straight. Basically, good posture comes down to keeping everything in your spine in proper alignment. If you are standing, you should be able to draw a straight line down the side of you, from your earlobe to your shoulder to your hip to your feet, and everything will be aligned.
Having good posture does more than simply keep your spine in proper alignment; it also helps strengthen your core muscles. Your core muscles aid your spine in supporting and stabilizing your body’s weight — excess weight is one of the main causes of spinal compression. By strengthening your core muscles, you are removing weight from your spine and preventing the development of degenerative spine conditions.
You can continue to practice good posture during the following daily activities:
- Work (sitting for long periods of time)
- Standing in long lines
- Anytime you are sitting or standing for extended periods of time
While practicing good posture is not guaranteed to prevent the development of a herniated disc, it will greatly decrease your chances of developing one later in life.
Treatment options for a herniated disc
In the event that you have developed a herniated disc and you have symptoms of chronic and severe pain in your neck or back, it is important that you schedule an appointment with your physician to discuss treatment options.
Most patients begin conservative treatments as a first option to treat a herniated disc. Conservative treatments include chiropractic care, physical therapy and pain medication. While many patients find pain relief through conservative therapies, many other patients need more advanced treatments to heal their herniated disc.
At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive surgery to treat herniated discs as a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery.^ Our minimally invasive decompression surgery and minimally invasive stabilization surgery help patients find pain relief at the source of their spine condition.
For more information about the treatment options available for a herniated disc, we invite you to contact Laser Spine Institute today. By determining if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive treatment options through a free MRI review,* we may be able to help you find relief from your neck and back pain.