Many people suffer from disc problems of the lower back and sciatic nerve leg pain. Discomfort may appear rather than an accident, injury or just overdoing it at home. Others may experience ongoing pain from a chronic problem. Regardless of the source of injury pain from a herniated disc low back can be one of the most excruciating conditions we can experience.
The discs in our backs are specialized pads located between the individual bones of our spine. Their main function is to work as shock absorbers in the back. But like any part of our body we must give our disks attention and care.
Discs of the low back can show signs of wear and tear if they are not properly maintained. A “degenerative disc” is a term we commonly hear. This simply means that the disc is being worn down. If we were to look at an x-ray of a person with a degenerative disc we would see that the disc height is smaller than normal. The spinal bones above and below the vertebrae would appear closer together. Many would refer to this condition as “bone on bone.”
To maintain our disks and keep them healthy a very important thing to do is to have plenty of movement and activity. Our discs contain a large amount of water. This water carries nutrients into the disc and washes waste products out. With movement we “pump” the discs and flush them with fresh healthy water. One of the best activities for our lower back discs is walking.
In our every day culture we do very little walking because of all the sitting we do. We sit at school, work and in our automobiles. However if we were to take time every day to take even a short walk it would go a long way and healthy lower back disks.
Another way to keep the disks healthy is to keep the spinal bones and good alignment. When these bones are misaligned abnormal stresses on the disks which causes them to degenerate more quickly. Chiropractic care for the spinal is essential to maintain proper position of the spinal bones which in turn keeps the discs from wearing out.
If a person develops a disc problem from degeneration, herniation or bulging very few will require surgery. Most are able to be treated and helped with conservative treatment, like chiropractic care. Recently a large HMO insurance company did a study that showed that only five percent of disc problems would need surgery. The other 95 percent respond well to conservative treatment, like chiropractic care.
Take care of your discs by walking and maintaining proper alignment of the spinal through chiropractic care to prevent having lower back problems.