5 Behaviors That Cause Herniated Discs

5 Behaviors That Cause Herniated Discs

Herniated Discs disease is often found in patients aged between 20-50 years. It is a disease that is easily found among people nowadays. The back pain radiates down the leg because the spine in this area bears a lot of weight and has quite a lot of movement than other vertebrae causing the cervical disc to rupture and squeeze out the nerves. There will be pain in the back from the waist to the hips together with pain spreading down to the leg, which is most likely to be on one leg. There may be numbness or weakness in the legs or toes as well.

5 Risk Behaviors That Lead to Herniated Discs

As we know that the intervertebral discs act to support and directly distribute the load on the spine. Therefore, the main risk factors are most focused on weight-bearing and intense and fast movements. This will increase the chances that the herniated disc will rupture as follows:

1. Overweight or Obesed Body

As being overweight or obese put extra pressure on the spine because it has to bear a lot of weight and cause the discs to wear down faster and become more prone to injury. 

2. Improper Postures

Improper postures such as bending over and lifting heavy objects can increase a serious pressure on the intervertebral discs which may be beyond the durability of the cervical discs until a rupture occurs.

3. Sitting in an Inappropriate Position for a Long Time

Sitting in an inappropriate position for a long time is found mostly in working-age people. While sitting for too long, there is often a chance that herniated discs press on the nerves in the lumbar region the most.

4. Strong Coughing and Sneezing

Strong coughing and sneezing can suddenly increase the pressure in the intervertebral discs, which is one of the causes of herniated discs.

5. Heavy Smokers

Smoking causes premature deterioration of the intervertebral discs, and causes the intervertebral discs to become more ruptured.

Treatment Options for Herniated Disc

1. Medication Treatment

Drug treatment will be dispensed according to the patient's disease, such as painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants. or drugs to reduce pain of the nervous system, etc. In addition to oral medications, there is also an alternative that is to inject painkillers to reduce inflammation in the nerves. 

2. Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy such as massage, ultrasound, laser including doing shock waves to relax the muscles, reduce pain. There are also physical exercises, stretching and strengthening the muscles.

Behavior Modification Therapy The doctor will analyze from taking history how the patient behaves incorrectly and how to fix it.

3. Surgery

This will happen when the pain has not improved in patients who have undergone the above two treatments. The surgery for herniated disc disease is divided into three methods which are Open discectomy, Microscopic discectomy and Endoscopic discectomy.

Most of the risk factors arise from behavior almost entirely. Therefore, the best way to prevent Herniated Discs is to start changing your behaviors today. Only a small behavioral change can lighten the burden on the spine more than you imagine. Visit https://kdmshospital.com/article/herniated-disc/ for more information.

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