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Herniated Disc Risk Factors Happy Valley Herniated Disc Risk Factors Happy ValleyHerniated Discs occur when the center of the spinal disc punches through a split in the exterior shell. In some cases, a herniated disc may not present with symptoms, while in other cases there can be nerve pain, numbness, and weakened strength in a leg or arm. Herniated Discs are treated a few different ways, and not ever disc will need treatment at all, while others may require physical therapy, medicine, or even a surgical solution. Of the 23 discs in our spine, there are 6 in the cervical spine, 12 in the thoracic spine, and 5 in the lumbar spine.

There are several risk factors that can contribute to a herniated disc such as age, weight, job requirements, and recreational habits. Disc degeneration typically begins in most people around 30 years of age. Weight can play a role as well as a larger body mass puts more stress on the discs. Work that requires physical labor, especially lifting, pulling, pushing, and carrying weighted items, can also increase your risk of straining your discs. Similarly, recreational habits, even habitually living an inactive lifestyle can but you at risk as your muscles atrophy and more strain is put on the back to move.

To learn more about disc herniation, find out if you may have a herniated disc, schedule physical therapy for your herniated disc, or learn more about disc herniation prevention, contact us at Happy Valley, OR center.