Maybe you have a herniated disc and are researching your treatment options, or maybe your physician has recommended lumbar disc surgery to correct a herniated or bulging disc. Whatever the reason, we want to provide you with as much information on the subject, so you can make an informed and confident decision on which treatment plan is best for you.
Any type of surgery deserves serious thought and weighing the pros and cons of surgery is needed in order to choose the best treatment plan.
Herniated and slipped discs in the lumbar area of the spine are the most common form of herniated discs. They are known to cause Sciatica and other forms of lower back pain. While we recommend that people should extinguish all other back pain treatments before electing surgery, sometimes surgery is needed to correct a specific and complicated problem such as a herniated/slipped disc. But surgery is not a fail proof pain relief option. It actually has a name given to it, when it doesn’t work, and that name is “Failed Back Surgery Syndrome” or FBSS.
Like most bones in our body, over time they can degenerate with age. As a spinal disc degenerates however, the disc can herniate. When this happens, the inner portion of the disc comes out, and can make contact with a nerve, thus causing pain. In a lot of herniated disc cases, extreme pain is felt. Now what your doctor may not have told you is why your disc herniated in the first place. They may be quick to tell you that you need surgery, but can’t explain why the disc became damaged.
If you have suffered an injury or trauma, well then, you are aware of what caused your condition. However, if you have not suffered an injury, normal degeneration of the discs is not typically the root cause of your damaged disc(s). Muscle imbalances in the body overtime, have added additional stress and strain which has worn down the discs in the back, causing them to herniated or rupture. It’s important to educate yourself and understand muscle imbalances. You most likely have never heard of them, as chiropractors, physiotherapists’ and most doctors don’t even know about them, or don’t value them as one of the main causes of back pain. Please be sure to check out our page on muscle imbalances by clicking the link below. Remember, knowledge is power.
Can Muscle Imbalances have caused your herniated disc?
Written By: Updated: August 31,2011