Disc herniation is a serious condition that can have a domino effect on your health.
The pain and discomfort caused by disc herniation can be debilitating. Moving in the wrong way can cause pain to radiate outward from the injured area and travel through the arms or down the legs. A herniated disk can lead to a variety of health problems, some of which may not even seem to be related to the spine.
When you experience disc herniation, the first thing your body will try to do is compensate using other body parts to do the work. This can result in pulled or strained muscles, muscles tears and joint injuries. Placing undue stress on other parts of the body can cause further injury to the spinal column and the muscles and tissues that support it.
Pain and discomfort often leads to reduced mobility. If you limit your activity based on the level of pain your spine, muscles and joints can become stiff. Arthritis can aggravate inflammation which occurs in the spine and surrounding tissues. The combination of inflammation and lack of mobility can result in less exercise. Without exercise or other types of movement, you can gain excessive amounts of weight, lose muscle mass and compromise healthy circulation. Constipation may even become an issue.
What You Can Do about Disc Herniation
Seeing a chiropractor can reduce the impact of disc herniation on the body. A qualified chiropractor can help you get back on track, reducing pain and discomfort and restoring prior levels of mobility.
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