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[Pain Relief Institute] Damaging Your Body's Foundation - Lumbar Herniated Intervertebral Disc (Disc Herniation)






[Pain Relief Institute] Damaging Your Body's Foundation - Lumbar Herniated Intervertebral Disc (Disc Herniation)






Greetings from the Pain Relief Institute at Godoil Spine Hospital!

Generally, people tend to associate lower back pains with men,

but you'd be mistaken to believe that this issue doesn't concern women as well.


Although its joints aren't subjected to nearly as much use as our limbs,

a healthy lower back is crucial as it is the key to stability for the rest of our bodies,

and the spine plays the role of protecting the central nervous system as one of the most import parts of the body.

The lower back is susceptible to external environmental forces and is even associated with cold temperatures in the winter.

Let's find out more about lumbar herniated intervertebral disc, the condition that persistently harasses this critical part of our bodies.









Name: Lumbar herniated intervertebral disc

Characteristics: Lower back pain and neurological symptoms due to a protruding disc in the spine.

The condition is also commonly referred to as “slipped disc” or “disc herniation.”

Symptoms: Light to severe pain occurs repeatedly when hastily moving heavy objects or performing simple,

repetitive tasks that emphasize the lumbar region.

Associated with: Back pain, sciatica, obesity, etc.






A variety self-diagnostic tests exist for identifying disc herniation.

Let's go over three basic tests to help you easily identify the condition.

1. Leg length comparison

Try comparing the lengths of both legs while lying down as straight as possible.

A leg length discrepancy can be a symptom of spinal deviations or pelvic misalignments.

If a discrepancy is noticeable with the naked eye, it may be a sign of lumbar disc herniation.


2. Tiptoe

Try walking slowly on tiptoes while barefoot. If walking is difficult due to strong pain in your lumbar region or tingling,

numbness, or pain in the buttocks, please consult a medical professional.

You may also try walking only on your heels. If you feel any of the aforementioned pains,

it may be a sign of lumbar disc herniation.


3. Straight leg raise (SLR) test

Lie down straight on a hard, flat surface and look straight up at the ceiling.

Straighten your knees and slowly raise the leg in which you feel pain or discomfort 90 degrees.

If you feel any tingling or throbbing at the back of the leg and raising the leg is difficult, the condition may be qualified as pain.


※ Self-diagnosis is not a replacement for professional consultation.

We recommend that you see a medical professional for an accurate diagnosis.






The lumbar region is the core of our bodies.

people tend to underestimate how extensively the muscles are used in a given day.

Whether you're walking or just sitting in place,

the spine and lower back muscles are ceaselessly working to provide support to the rest of the body.

Therefore, maintaining good back muscle strength is critical for proper spinal support and flexible energy .

Any external stimulation or forces become difficult to disperse when back muscles are weakened,

and the energy is delivered directly to the spine, creating a potentially harmful situation.

Lower-back exercise is pivotal to the prevention of lumbar disc herniation,

and therefore steady exercise is important for adults and children alike.








Swimming is a full-body workout that exercises much more than just the lumbar region to loosen up stiff muscles in the entire body.

It also stimulates the stomach and thighs, two regions some women find particularly difficult to maintain.

Those who have had a history of pain or discomfort in the lower back are particularly susceptible

to exacerbating the lumbar region due to excessive weight, so I personally recommend low-impact exercises

that are easy on the joints while using all available muscles rather than extreme diets. Note,

however, that the breaststroke and butterfly are considered high-impact exercises

that demand generation of instantaneous power from the lumbar region. The freestyle or backstroke is recommended.





Some people often associate aerobics with bright neon clothing and intense dancing that were once popular in the 80s.

To be precise, the aerobic exercises that you and I know are calisthenics that involve running, jumping,

and various other movements usually performed to upbeat music. It actively targets the heart and lungs and improves

both muscular and cardiovascular fitness. You can easily enjoy aerobics at home,

but be sure to limit any large or excessive movements to prevent any injuries to your lower back.





Walking is a low-impact exercise that is excellent for not only the lumbar region but the whole body as well.

It's also the one type of exercise that I most recommend because of the benefits it has in strengthening the spine (bone).

When we start walking, the cells in our brains that promote bone growth become activated,

and so the exercise is especially good for bone health and calcium absorption. Plus,

walking outdoors will give you a pleasant and refreshing feeling that you just can't get while being indoors in small spaces.






Special examinations for a professional diagnosis


1. X-ray

Familiar to most people, X-rays provide us with the ability to thoroughly examine bone condition.

The test transmits 0.01 to 1.00A of electromagnetic radiation to the target area. X-rays allows us to examine spinal fractures,

skeletal and soft tissue changes, deviations in skeletal joints, or skeletal bends toward a specific location.


2. Computed tomography (CT)

Computed tomography (also known as "CAT scanning") allow for the imaging of the entire human by using a large,

round machine with an X-ray generating device. The technique allows us to identify abnormal spinal growth,

whether protruding discs are soft or hard, and any effects on neural pathways. Unlike traditional X-rays,

CT imaging utilizes computer-processed X-rays to produce virtual "slices" of specific areas.






Why does lumbar disc herniation occur more frequently in the winter?

Perhaps it's because outdoor activity - and thus muscular exercise - is generally reduced in the winter,

and so the stiffened muscles aren't able to withstand sudden external stimuli.

Please remember that lower back muscles reinforce the spine to prevent disc herniation

and are crucial for staying strong healthy regardless age and gender.


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