Lumbar Disc Herniation

If you have lower back pain of discal origin, it is strongly advised to see an experienced Aurum Health Care Chiropractor before commencing any self-management strategies. Call us on 9899 1416 or Book Online.

What is Lumbar Disc Herniation?

It is a condition where the outer portion of the disc consisting of fibres (annulus fibrosis) is torn, allowing the inner portion consisting of jelly like material, water and collagen fibres (nucleus pulposus) to extrude through the fibres.

This extrusion may compress the nerves around the disc and create pain radiating into the lower back and legs.

In addition to direct tissue damage, there may be potential for chemical irritation from the release of inflammatory products and local swelling.

What are the symptoms of Lumbar Disc Herniation?

You usually experience:

  • Sudden onset of lower back pain with or without leg pain past the knee
  • Frequent episodes of lower back pain in the past that resolves. You may not recall an injury that caused previous episodes of lower back pain
  • Pain following heavy lifting, twisting, straining episodes or repetitive stress trauma
  • Pain may be sharp, shooting or electrical
  • Pain worsens with coughing, sneezing or straining

What are the risk factors for lower back pain due to a Lumbar Disc Herniation?

These include:

  • Lack of exercise
  • Poor core body strength and weak abdominals
  • Tight Hamstrings
  • Anterior pelvic tilt
  • Increased lumbar lordosis or lower back curve
  • Poor nutrition and general health

Who usually experiences lower back pain caused by a Lumbar Disc Herniation?

Research shows:

  • Most commonly occur in 25-45 year olds, with the highest incidence rate reported in those 35-45 years old as the inner portion of the disc (nucleus pulposus) is most hydrated in this age group
  • Occurs more commonly in males than females

If I do experience lower back pain from a Lumbar Disc Herniation, what can I do?

  • Ice to the affected area. Click this link for duration
If you experience bowel or bladder changes, numbness, altered sensations around the saddle area, or are physically unable to move it is a medical emergency and you should seek immediate medical attention.

Due to the complex nature of lumbar disc herniations,

It is best to consult an Aurum Health Care Chiropractor to for an assessment on the severity of the disc herniation and formulate a treatment plan before commencing any self-management strategies. Call 9899 1416 or Book Online.