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The Most Common Causes of Herniated Discs

By Sara Butler

The chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic often see people who end up in the office due to pain. One of the most common reasons for back pain is a herniated or bulging disc, which is a condition that can be quite painful, preventing you from completing your day-to-day tasks. Herniated and bulging discs have many causes, but there are a few that the chiropractors at The Joint want you to be aware of so you know if you're at risk.

Cause No. 1: Injuries

A herniated or bulging disc may be the result of an injury sustained in a variety of ways. The most common injuries leading to this condition include:

  • Falls
  • Sports injuries
  • Car accidents

Any sort of sudden force on your spine can place too much pressure on the discs that cushion the vertebrae in your back. Too much pressure can cause cracks in the tough outer surface of the discs, causing the soft inner core to bulge out and press on nerves running through your spine. That's why it's important to make sure to see a chiropractor after any kind of accident, even if it's something as simple as picking up something the wrong way. Injuries to the spinal discs can cause sudden pain, so don't ignore it.

Cause No. 2: Degeneration

Hopefully, you'll lead a long and healthy life. But over the course of that life, you'll probably find that things don't always work the way they used to when it comes to your body. The chiropractors at The Joint have found that a lot of people dismiss pain they experience and write it off as a sign of aging, only to end up with a herniated or bulging disc causing them a lot of pain.

Your back does a lot of work each day and over time it will experience normal wear and tear. But pain isn't a normal part of aging. Degeneration may weaken the tough outer layer of your discs, but if you work with a chiropractor to keep your body free from joint dysfunction and restriction, then you can work to reduce your chances of developing a herniated disc.

If you're worried you may have a bulging or herniated disc, then come in to talk to the chiropractors at The Joint today. It's never too late to start focusing on your spinal health and avoiding the pain that can accompany spinal conditions such as a herniated disc.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in San Jose, Calif.

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