Slipped disc and how to cope with it using regular exercise

By Mr. Rohit Khetan on 06 Jul 2017


 

Sedentary lifestyles are the norm today and more often than not we realize the problems with it only when we experience major trauma or complications. Lifestyle based disorders such as diabetes, stress related blood pressure, hormonal imbalances, obesity and bone health are affecting most of the population. Slipped disc is perhaps a common term in today’s parlance and is a direct result of sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy eating habits in some causes. Excessive weight gain around the stomach adds additional strain to the vertebra and when that combines with poor bone health and inadequate physical activity and bad posture, disc herniations are caused. Some people suffer from slipped discs due to incorrect exercise, trauma or bad posture while others get it because of a combination of the above reasons.

What exactly is a slipped disc?

Your spine is made up of many bones and each of these bones are enveloped by discs at the bottom to lend them support. These discs help the bones by absorbing the impact from exercise, regular activities and so on. A disc herniation or protrusion or a slipped disc occurs when the inner membrane of the disc which is soft and gel like protrudes via its exterior ring either due to weakness or due to an injury. As you might have heard, lower back aches that are a result of the L4 or L5 discs protruding are the most common in people. Slipped discs can occur anywhere between the top of the neck to the lower spine though.

What can be done to cope with slipped discs?

Doctors generally advice a period of rest and inactivity and there will also be limitations on what you can and can’t do post a slipped disc occurrence. Physiotherapy is the best course to cope with the situation and a series of spine stretches and exercises are taught to help you strengthen the spine and decompress the traumatized region. Sometimes, the disc can compress a nerve and cause a lot of spine and in worse cases surgery might be recommended for pain management. However, in most cases, regular exercises, maintaining the right body weight and posture and refraining from lifting weights or indulging in heavy physical activities can help you lead a normal life.

In fact, there are some yoga asanas that can help you get relief from slipped discs. They work on stretching the spine and it is advisable to get help from certified trainers and work towards rebuilding your health in the initial period. Also, we would recommend that you check your vitamin D and calcium levels in the body both of which are necessary for good bone health. If you are suffering from a slipped disc, it is a painful condition indeed and could bog you down. But hey, it isn’t the end of the world and you can lead a normal life with regular exercise and a little of caution! Don’t lose hope; get the right help and begin physio and get better in no time!