5 Risk Factors That Can Lead to a Herniated Disc

A herniated disc can cause excruciating pain and discomfort. The spinal bones are cushioned by round, cushion-like discs, and herniation occurs if the disc bulges into the spinal canal. Given the fact that numerous nerves run through the spine, herniated discs can trigger lasting pain and impact spinal mobility. 

Back and nerve pain that radiates into the extremities are common symptoms of herniated discs. This condition, which most commonly affects individuals aged between 30 and 50 years, is influenced by several risk factors. 

The five key risk factors that can lead to a herniated disc are:

1. Obesity

Extra pounds place excessive pressure on your spine and joints. Additionally, it’s difficult to keep the spine properly aligned while carrying excess pounds. In obese patients, the combination of poor posture and added pressure on the spine can lead to disc herniation. 

2. Smoking

Smoking can contribute to herniated discs. Smoking cigarettes negatively impacts the intervertebral discs’ ability to absorb essential nutrients. Without adequate absorption, the disc can dry out, putting it at risk for herniation. 

3. Weightlifting

Lifting weights can benefit your health, but only if it’s done properly. Attempting to lift too much weight with improper posture is a common cause of herniated discs.

4. A History of Herniated Discs

Having a herniated disc in the past puts you at higher risk for future disc herniation. For this reason, it’s essential to seek help from a regenerative medicine specialist to help manage your disc herniation and lower your risk of future injury. 

5. Excessive Standing or Sitting

Standing or sitting for long periods can place pressure on the spine, contributing to the risk of a herniated disc. With this in mind, physicians recommended stretching or walking every 30 minutes to help reset the spine and prevent injury. 

If you’ve been suffering from chronic back pain or radiating pain, it’s time to seek professional help. Regenerative Medicine Now is your source for top-of-the-line regenerative treatments that can help your spine recover. 

Mira Swave, MD

Contributor at Regenerative Medicine Now

Mira Swave, M.D. is a specialist in the field of Regenerative Medicine.
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