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Herniated disc – the name sounds quite dire. But what exactly is it? This is a description:
Your spine is made up of 33 separate bones called vertebrae. Between each vertebra is a disc which is made up of a tough outer section and a soft, jelly-like inner section. The purpose of these discs is to separate and protect adjacent vertebrae and the nerves leaving the spinal cord from injury. If the soft inside of the disc is pushed out through a crack in the outer part, this is called a herniated disc (also called a slipped disc or ruptured disc).
If you have a herniated disc, this description leads you to think that surely this must be the cause of your unrelenting back pain. But is it?
Contrary to what your doctor may have told you:
- Many people have herniated discs, but no back pain
- Some people have back pain but no herniated disc
- Some people have both
- Others have chronic back pain and normal discs
Actually, for most people, a herniated disc produces no painful symptoms at all. In my practice, I’ve personally found that herniations and back pain are rarely connected. And in the past five years or so, other researchers have come to the same conclusion.
So why are you under the impression that your herniated disc is causing your back pain? Probably because medical literature leads you to believe this and when you visit your doctor, they often tell you the same thing.
What Is The Cause Of Your Herniated Disc And Back Pain?
If you have a back injury, this trauma can injure a disc, resulting in a herniation. But injury aside, doctors don’t usually establish the cause of herniated discs. Or if they do, they’ll tell you something like “old age”. Their explanation is that the gradual age-related wear and tear on the disc results in some loss of disc water content, making it less flexible and more prone to herniation if you have a minor sprain or twist.
You would think that if a sprain (however minor) caused your herniated disc, you would know it as you’d feel the immediate pain from the sprain! But interestingly, most people can’t pin point the exact incident that caused their disc to herniate, so it most likely wasn’t from a twist or sprain.
Osteodegenerative changes in the disc, associated with aging, are often linked to disc herniation. But this simply is not consistent with what I’ve seen in my practice, as I’ve had many patients in their 70s and 80s who have no disc degeneration. On the other hand, I’ve seen patients in their 20s and 30s who have advanced disc degeneration.
Because the cause of herniated discs is unknown to most medical practitioners, they often manage your pain through medication, physical therapy and body hardening (teaching you to live with your pain). If these treatments fail, they usually recommend surgery to repair your herniated disc.
It’s estimated that several hundred thousand back surgeries are performed yearly for herniated discs and chronic back pain in the United States alone. This is preposterous! If the cause of the herniation had been established and directly treated, in most cases back surgery would have never been considered.
A Common Cause Of Your Herniated Disc And Back Pain
The most common cause of a herniated disc is spinal pathomechanics (abnormal movement and compression of the spine). In time, this abnormal movement can result in damage to the discs in the spine, such as a herniation.
Current research suggests that spinal pathomechanics is one of the most common causes of a herniated disc. But what causes abnormal spinal pathomechanics?
This is where my research kicks in. My findings show that one of the most common causes of abnormal spinal pathomechanics is having an abnormal foot structure – either the Rothbarts Foot or PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity. And my patients who have a herniated disc and chronic back pain almost invariably have one of these two abnormal foot structures. By effectively treating their foot structure, their chronic back pain goes away and the herniated disc is no longer an issue.
If you’ve been diagnosed as having a herniated disc; understand that your age is not the cause and drugs, PT and surgery are not the solutions. If you’d like to live without back pain, read about the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity on this site, treat your foot structure directly and your chronic back pain will disappear.
Reading the Curing Chronic Pain website will give you more information about the abnormal foot structures Professor/Dr. Rothbart discovered that cause many forms of chronic muscle and joint pain and help you determine whether an Initial Phone Consultation with him might be helpful.
For a more complete explanation of the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, read: Abnormal Foot Structures That Cause Chronic Pain.
As you learn more about Professor/Dr. Rothbart’s innovative therapy, you may find that addressing and effectively treating your foot structure may be the missing link to ending your long time battle with unrelenting muscle and joint pain.
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Professor/Dr. Brian A. Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of the International Academy of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Free Excerpt from Professor/Dr. Rothbart’s second book, The Foot’s Connection To Chronic Pain