The term herniated disk refers to an issue involving the disk or cushion that is located between each vertebra of the spine. These disks protect the bones from rubbing against each other as we bend and twist. The outside of the disk is tougher than the spongy inside and is designed to keep the cushion material in place. When this exterior cracks and some of the internal contents leak out, it is referred to as disk herniation.
When disk herniation occurs, nearby nerves can be affected. The result is pain. Sometimes the pain is felt in the back and other times it may result in problems with a limb such as numbness and tingling. This sort of herniation can be caused by trauma or just by normal wear and tear on the body as a person ages. In particular, being overweight is very rough on the disks in the lower part of the back.
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A Different Common Cause of Lower Back Pain
While disk herniation can definitely cause back pain, there is actually another common condition that is a likely culprit. The upper cervical spine is very important when it comes to overall posture. A misalignment here in the upper neck can result in pain in various parts of the back because the muscles and bones shift to compensate. Where the greatest compensation takes place, the pain is felt. This is usually in the lower back.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic and Disk Herniation
Even if the problem is disk herniation, an upper cervical chiropractic adjustment may still do some good. Getting the back into proper alignment may remove some of the pressure on the nerves as a result of the disk problem. This may allow a person to break away from pain medication that is usually prescribed for back pain.
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