What is a Ruptured Disc?
A ruptured disc is an overuse injury that refers to the excessive damage or pressure on the intervertebral discs which are found in between the spinal vertebrae. The intervertebral discs are responsible for absorbing shock throughout the body, acting as a cushion for the spinal cord. Back braces will absorb and relieve shock and stress on your back allowing you to function.
When the protective layer of the intervertebral discs is damaged the inner layer may leak through its barrier. This can put pressure on the nerves, causing pain usually in the lower back and buttocks area. It is common for a ruptured disc to be the cause of other back injuries such as Sciatica and general lower back pain.
Causes of Ruptured Discs
Ruptured discs may happen for a number of reasons: it is common with aging as the body slowly degenerates, as well as wear and tear caused by sports that put significant amounts of stress on the spine.
In addition, many contributing factors include:
- Sporting injury
- Incorrect form when performing certain movements such as lifting, jumping and landing
- Excessive weight gain or obesity
- Lack of regular light exercise
- Genetic inheritance
Ruptured Disc Symptoms
Common symptoms of a ruptured disc:
- Pain varies in level according to location and damage to the disc
- Muscle tightness and cramping around the affected area
- Numbness or tingling (pins-and-needles) feeling in the buttocks or legs
- Inflamed back/noticeably weaker
The symptoms of a ruptured disc are prominent as it can cause significant amounts of discomfort and pain at random times. If you have experienced any sharp pains or numbness anywhere in the lower leg, it’s important that you consult your local doctor as soon as possible. Lower back pain is common and can be symptoms of other serious conditions.
Your doctor may advise you to undertake physiotherapy treatments or exercises to help strengthen the muscles around the spine. Our lumbar and clavicle support braces at Better Braces can help you retain strong posture during daily activities and with our price match, fast delivery and money back guarantee you have nothing stopping you from getting the support you need.