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Surprising Ways to Get a Herniated Disc

By Sara Butler

Herniated discs occur more often than you may think. In fact, the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic see many patients with herniated discs for treatment. They can basically happen to anyone, any time -- but there are a few surprising circumstances that can happen that you may not expect. Here's what you need to know about herniated discs so you can try to avoid it happening to you!

What Is a Herniated Disc

You have tiny discs in the spaces between the bones in your spine. These discs have a tough outer layer with a softer inner layer that is meant to help your spine absorb shock as well as function. In other words, without these discs, your spine wouldn't have the flexibility it needs.

Unfortunately, sometimes the outer layer of the discs becomes weak or damaged due to injury and the contents inside the disc leak out, pressing on nerves and causing pain.

Unexpected Ways to Herniate a Disc

There are some really startling ways to herniate a disc in your back. These include:

  • Shaving your legs - Yes, something as simple as bending over in the shower can put a lot of stress and strain on your back. If a disc has already been damaged, then it's not out of the realm of possibility that a sharp, sudden bend or a slip in the shower can cause the disc to herniate.
  • Tying your shoes - Again, bending over at the hips can place unnecessary pressure on the discs of your back. If you bend over too fast or at just the wrong angle, it can make spinal issues you may have worse, including a herniated disc.
  • Shopping - Walking through a mall or grocery store probably won't cause a herniated disc, but bending over at the waist and picking up heavy bags sure can. Whenever you're lifting something, make sure to kneel down and use the power of your legs and hips to lift, never your back.
  • Sneezing - Sneezing isn't usually considered a dangerous activity, but it can cause a herniation in a disc that has already been weakened due to injury or wear and tear. The sudden force and pressure of a sneeze can result in a herniated disc under the right conditions.

If you're concerned about herniated discs, then talk to the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic today.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Englewood, Colo.

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