It is estimated that 3 out of every 5 adults in the United States have a herniated disc in their back without even knowing it. That’s because the disc has to hit a nerve before any pain is felt. As little as 1 mm of movement can make the difference between feeling no pain at all – and having excruciating herniated disc pain.
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The bones of your spinal column, called vertebrae, are separated by discs filled with a soft, gelatinous substance, cushioning the spinal column and allow it to move freely. Strenuous physical activity or unusual, heavy lifting can cause one of your discs to herniate or move out of place. This can then compress nearby spinal nerves and is one of the most common causes of causes of sciatica and herniated disc pain. Although heavy lifting may have been the straw that broke the camel’s back, underlying muscle imbalances were most likely the cause of the back pain.
Osteoarthritis is another reason for nerve root damage leading to sciatica and herniated disc pain when bone spurs press on nerve roots.
The symptoms of a herniated disc vary widely and can range from a mild tingling or dull ache to a burning or pulsating sensation. Herniated disc pain can also be quite severe, usually occurring on only one side of the body.
What are the causes of sciatica and herniated disc pain and how do you treat it?
If you are suffering from severe back pain, see a physician to get X-rays. If X-rays show that you indeed have a herniated disc, take heart, there are natural treatments that can heal you. In some cases, your discs are able to heal by themselves when you hydrate, rest and get adequate sleep. If the pain is so severe that you cannot move or function normally, you need to treat the pain before correcting the underlying problems. Besides trauma, muscle imbalances are the main cause for discs to herniated.
Traditional Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) and narcotic painkillers are usually given to people with herniated disc pain caused by a sudden injury. Although they may offer temporary relief, we recommend all natural anti-inflammatory supplements such as Heal-n-Soothe. Heal-n-Soothe utilizes proteolytic enzymes to naturally combat inflammation in the body.
One of the major causes of sciatica and herniated disc pain is the uneven pressure exerted on your spine by postural dysfunctions created by muscle imbalances. For lasting pain relief, these postural dysfunctions need to be corrected. The Lose the Back Pain System identifies which sets of muscles are imbalanced – treating the underlying cause with muscle balance therapy is the best way to treat sciatica and herniated disc pain.
Written By: Updated: June 27,2011