A Herniated Disc -
A herniated disc in the lower back can press on the sciatic nerve and cause sciatica. A herniation (or bulge) is when a disc protrudes out from between the vertebrae. Herniations can be caused by an accident or, more commonly, by months or years of uneven pressure due to muscle imbalances.
Another Cause of Sciatica
This is probably one of the most common diagnoses for sciatica. If it is the cause of sciatica, the thing to do is to find the cause of the herniation and address that. If you don't deal with what caused the disc to herniate in the first place, you'll likely struggle with back pain or sciatica for years.
You can see in this MRI (to the left), the disc bulging out to the right and pressing on the nerve. This is what can happen when a
is not corrected.
Of those patients treated with surgery for such disc problems, about one-third do not experience relief from their sciatica. (Statistics from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Radiological Society of North America and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.)
People need to understand that many of their problems are due to lifestyle and, in many cases, the problems can be corrected by a change in lifestyle.
In the majority of cases, a disc herniation is caused by a muscle imbalance.
In the picture to the left, the effect of a muscle imbalance is shown as the spine is being pulled out of place causing a forward rotation of the pelvis and a greater stooping in the shoulders.
When muscles pull the spine out of alignment, the resulting uneven pressure and compression on the vertebrae causes the discs to wear much faster than normal and puts additional stress on the discs.
The discs are designed for correct upright posture and when that is not maintained they can begin to bulge or herniate.
Click on the image below to open or download
this Healing Guide (PDF-file)
(Please share it around as you see fit.)
Here is a Pain Relief System (click on one of the two links/pictures below for more information) that is proven and backed up by thousands of stories of real life pain relief
(read some examples).
It's a system that teaches YOU how your body works, how to identify the cause of your pain and the exact steps you can take to eliminate it!
With this system you will learn how you to eliminate any back/sciatic pain you have now as well as how to prevent future pain. Being better informed, you will also know the right questions to ask if you visit a doctor, chiropractor or physical therapist in the future. Make a decision to take control of your own health today.
Keep up to date with
valuable insights into
pain management via
a healthy lifestyle.
Receive the monthly
Natural Pain Relief
News articles, health
tips, specials, freebies.
Enter your email and name
in the form to the right.
New! CommentsHave your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.