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A lumbar disc herniation is more common because of the mobility of the vertebrae

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A lumbar disc herniation is more common because of the mobility of the vertebrae

  1. 1. Disc Herniation by Roshelle Moats A lumbar disc herniation is more common because of the mobility of the vertebrae. Unlike the thoracic vertebrae’s restricted movement, due to the ribs, the disk begins to herniate when its nucleus pushes against its outer ring due to wear and tear or a sudden injury. This pressure against the outer ring may cause lower back pain. Once the nucleus herniates through the outer ring, pain in the lower back may improve. Sciatic leg pain, however, increases. This is because the jelly-like material inflames the spinal nerves. It may also put pressure on these sensitive spinal nerves, causing pain, numbness, or weakness in one or both legs. The psoas muscles relax and the load on the lumbar disc are decreased which is why sleeping on back with pillow under the knees is an ideal way to help reduce stress to the disc. Nutrition, good posture, lifting mechanics, and regular exercise can also help to reduce the stress on the lumbar disc. Treatment for herniation as Naprapaths, we want to stretch and provide optimal function to the contributing symptoms. So we want to stretch out the I.L.S. ligaments, psoas, and diaphragm. The patient also has to take care to not stay in one position too long, and ensure to supplement for the lost nutrients to the area due to the herniation.

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