Don’t worsen your cervical herniated disc condition by indulging in any of these activities – stay on the fast-track to recovery.
A herniated disc is commonly called a slipped disc or bulging disc. This condition refers to a problem with one of the rubbery cushion-like discs that exists between the individual vertebrae in your spine. A slipped disc occurs when the jelly-like center of the spinal disc gets pushed out through a crack in the hardened exterior portion of the vertebrae. Many people go about their lives without even knowing that they have a herniated disc because they feel no pain. However, for some people, a herniated disc causes a lot of pain. It can also cause pressure and irritation in the surrounding nerves resulting in weakness or numbness in your limbs.
Depending on the exact location of the damaged discs, you may be diagnosed with cervical (neck), lumbar (lower back), coccyx (tailbone), thoracic (middle back) or sacral herniated disc.
Your neck supports the head and aids in its movement. Furthermore, there are many nerve roots connecting to the arms and legs that are located in this region. As such, the cervical spine area or neck area is prone to herniated disc damage. When any pair of vertebrae from the seven (C1 – C7) vertebrae in your neck gets ruptured or pressurized, you may feel pain, numbness, and weakness in the localized area. A cervical herniated disc is a common occurrence. In most cases, it does not require surgery as conservative treatment options coupled with the right kind of exercise are usually enough to treat the herniated disc. However, there are some activities that you should completely avoid so as to speed up your recovery process.
Most people in the 21st Century have sedentary lifestyles. Their jobs involve sitting in one place for long hours, often staring at a computer screen. Maintaining the right posture is paramount to avoiding neck and back pain. If you are suffering from a cervical herniated disc, you really have to avoid poor posture like the plague. For your herniated disc to heal, you have to learn how to maintain correct posture so as to avoid worsening your condition. Incorrect posture may also lead to a second herniated disc. Check with your doctor whether physical therapy is recommended in your condition. Your physical therapist will teach you a number of exercises to improve your posture. These exercises also serve to strengthen the muscles of your spine.
While driving or working on the computer, make the effort to keep your neck straight. Long periods of sitting or driving may hinder your recovery. While working on the computer, ensure that you are sitting eye-level with the computer screen. While driving, pull your seat up straight, and maintain a comfortable distance from the wheel.
If you have a cervical herniated disc, avoid high diving at all costs. While diving, the force with which your head hits the water stresses the muscles and vertebrae in your neck. Not only will this worsen your existing condition, it may also cause a second herniated disc and other complications. This does not mean that you can never dive again. It just means that you will have to take necessary precautions to protect your neck while diving. Before you start this particular activity, ensure that you have been given the all-clear signal by your doctor.
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