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Herniated Disc

A herniated disc occurs when the soft inner gel of a spinal disc pushes through its tougher outer layer, causing pain and discomfort.

How It Develops

Herniated discs often result from age-related wear and tear known as disc degeneration. Lifting heavy objects improperly, sudden movements, or trauma can also cause the disc to rupture. Repetitive activities that strain the spine may contribute to this condition as well.

Common Symptoms of a Herniated Disc

  • Intense pain in the lower back, neck, or legs
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms or legs
  • Muscle weakness in the affected area
  • Pain that worsens with movement or certain positions
  • Difficulty performing daily activities due to pain

Who It Affects

Herniated discs can affect individuals of any age, but they are most common in people aged 30 to 50. Risk factors include jobs or activities involving heavy lifting, obesity, and genetics. Men are slightly more prone to herniated discs than women.

Impact on Daily Life

A herniated disc can significantly affect daily life, making simple tasks challenging. Pain and discomfort may limit mobility, disrupt sleep, and interfere with work and leisure activities. Without proper treatment, the condition can lead to chronic pain and further complications.

Risks of Untreated Herniated Disc

If left untreated, a herniated disc can cause permanent nerve damage. Prolonged pressure on the spinal nerves can lead to chronic pain, numbness, and weakness in the affected areas. In severe cases, it may even result in loss of bladder or bowel control.

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