Do you suffer from disc injuries?
Location: The pain is usually central in the lower back and can radiate across the entire lower back and down into the legs.
Causes: Excessive, prolonged or forceful bending forward, sitting down and lifting (especially involving twisting).
Contributing Factors: Poor posture, a sedentary lifestyle, poor core stability, muscle weakness or tightness, poor lifting technique, being overweight, a lifestyle involving large amounts of sitting, bending or lifting
Signs and Symptoms: Symptoms are felt either centrally or on either side of the spine and they often begin during a causative action. Following activity the joints may be stiff and painful. Additional symptoms include; muscle spasms, pins and needles, numbness, muscle weakness and pain in the buttock or lower limb region. Symptoms are usually worse in the mornings and during coughing, sneezing or twisting.
What to do if you think you have a disc injury: In the past ‘bed rest’ was prescribed for disc injuries but recent research findings has found this can actually make the problem worse. It is important to see your physiotherapist early to get the injury treated and so you are given appropriate exercises that encourage quick and effective healing.