they are referred to as herniated discs, slipped discs or ruptured discs, the pain and associated symptoms that
come with them are all the same: significant, and sometimes enduring. The level of pain associated with a
ruptured disc can be quite sever, and the result can mean a loss of the ability to engage in normal exercise
activities, sports, and even routine daily tasks, like driving to work in the morning.
comes to herniated lumbar discs (those that affect the lower back) there are many options for dealing with a
herniated disc, and it is important to know about the expected effectiveness of those treatment options, as well
as their associated risks.
serious and persistent pain should be checked out by a doctor with the proper diagnostic tools at his disposal.
Ruptured discs are relatively common, but you want to rule out other possible explanations for your pain that
might require a different type of treatment plan. For example, some back pain is caused by diseases of the
internal organs. The point is, that it is good to have the tests run that will determine the
once the cause of ruptured disc is determined, it is important to understand what led to the problem in the
first place. While doctors might be inclined to write a prescription for the pain, or even suggest surgery,
neither of these modalities will likely resolve the underlying problem that created the environment in which the
disc rupture could occur.
cases, the causes of a disc rupture are related to how the muscles in the surrounding areas of the body are
performing relative to one another. What does that mean? It means that many muscles work as groups, and they
must be in a relatively similar state of strength and flexibility in order to work well together.
is stronger than the other, or when one is more flexible than the other, it will take over for the stronger
muscle and two things will happen. First is that by taking over, by absorbing more of the workload, those strong
muscles get stronger and the weak ones get weaker. So, a self-fulfilling adverse cycle is set into motion.
Second, the ongoing imbalance of the muscles will exert forces on the skeletal structures around them, causing
the structure to get out of alignment. Once out of alignment, structural deterioration is set into motion, and
sometimes the result of that deterioration is a slipped disk.
methods for correcting a slipped disc focus on repairing the structure, but they do nothing to address the
system issues that led to the structural issues. And, they carry risk of serious complications. But even when
these surgeries go out without a hitch, they leave patients with the same muscle balance issues as existed prior
to the disc rupture.
to fully resolve the issue, that balance of strength and flexibility must be set back to equilibrium. Anything
short of that will be a set-up for further problems.