A herniated disc occurs when the soft, jelly-like interior of a spinal disc pushes through a crack in the tough exterior of the disc. This generally occurs as a result of disc degeneration, which occurs naturally with age. Wear and tear over time make the spinal discs more susceptible to tearing, even with small movements of the spine.
Risk Factors for Developing a Herniated Disc
It’s often difficult to determine the exact cause of a herniated disc. However, there are several risk factors that are known to increase the risk of this condition. The most common risk factors include:
- Excess body weight
Excess body weight increases the impact on the discs in the lower spine, which leads to a higher risk of developing a herniated disc.
Some people are genetically predisposed to developing a herniated disc.
- Sedentary lifestyle
Having a sedentary lifestyle can lead to a poor range of motion in the spine, potentially leading to a herniated disc.
- Repetitive movements
If your occupation requires frequent repetitive motions, such as pushing, pulling, lifting, bending, or twisting, the spine will become strained over time. This strain can eventually cause a herniated disc.
- Weak back, leg, and abdominal muscles
Without the proper muscle strength to support the spine, more impact is put on the spinal discs with regular activities. This can increase the risk of spinal injuries, including a herniated disc.
Treatments for a Herniated Disc
If you develop a herniated disc, there are multiple treatment options available to you. Regenerative treatments including stem cell therapy and PRP can help the body heal the damaged tissues associated with a herniated disc — without the need for surgery. Over time, these regenerative treatments can resolve pain, weakness, and stiffness associated with a herniated disc.
To learn more about regenerative treatments for a herniated disc, contact the Regenerative Orthopedic Institute today.