Herniated Disc

What is it?

A Herniated disc is an abnormal bulge or breaking open of a spinal disc. These spinal disc are what separate your back bones (vertebrae). It may push on the nerves and cause pain, numbness, or weakness in the area where that nerve travels. Most herniated discs happen in the lower back.

Why do I have it?

As you grow older, your discs become flatter and less cushiony. If a disc becomes too weak combined with daily activities, an accident or a repetitive motion the outer part may tear.

When does it hurt?

The pain usually is worse when you are active and gets better when you are resting. Coughing, sneezing, sitting, driving, and bending forward may make the pain worse. The pain gets worse when you make these movements because there is more pressure on the nerve.

The Bracing Experts Advice:

Three words: Posture. Posture. Posture. Knowing the location of the herniated disc is really important. This can help us fit you with a brace that will best align your spine in order to take pressure off the disc and reduce pressing on the nerve.

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