Lumbar Disc Conditions And Low Back Pain

Disc troubles are in all probability linked to low back discomfort more than anything else, especially in middle aged and older adults.  The vertebral discs act as “shock absorbers” to some degree and aid in both the capacity of the spinal vertebra to maintain flexibility and at the same time delivering balance to the vertebral joints.

Spinal discs are made up of two primary components. The annulus is a structure that looks like an onion or a tree trunk with many concentric circles emanating from the center to the outermost margin of the disc. The nucleus pulposis is a “jelly” like structure that makes up the core of the disc and because of its higher water content truly imparts some hydraulic function to the backbone as it simultaneously supports and offers flexibility for the body.

A disc protrusion happens when the nucleus or “jelly” center pushes out by means of tears or cracks in the annulus and ultimately escapes the annulus altogether. Depending on the place this happens will determine the type and seriousness of resulting ailment. If the nucleus pushes out into the canal in which the spinal cord lies , it might exert pressure on the spinal cord itself and cause a wide assortment of neurological conditions. If the nucleus pushes out towards the lateral aspect of the vertebra, it could impinge or put pressure on the spinal nerves at the point they exit the spine occasionally leading to conditions such as a pinched sciatic nerve. These conditions are a bit easier to diagnose because each nerve has specific indicators that help a physician diagnose the cause of pain and weakness.

Disc conditions are commonly apparent in middle to more mature individuals due to the long term results of gravity and repeated trauma or micro trauma ( less than optimal posture over time for example). The daily effects of poor posture, the compressive force of gravity, and human nature of overdoing many physical activities like exercise or work can gradually weaken the outer components of the disc until the center (the nucleus) pushes through and escapes .

Countering the effects of compression (as inversion therapy tables do), using common sense while working out and working, as well as preserving great postural routines can help sustain disc well being far into later years avoiding the agonizing and devastating problem of a disc prolapse .

If you are suffering from back pain or other back related conditions such as a pinched sciatic nerve and want to look into an affordable home solution, inversion therapy may be right for you. The Teeter EP550 inversion table is effective, sturdy, and affordable for the home user.

Inversion tables work by supporting the user in an inverted position thereby reversing the effects of gravity and allowing the spine, discs, muscles and ligaments to stretch and take pressure off the nerves.

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