Herniated Disc

Between your spine’s vertebrae are spongy cushions that act as shock absorbers for your back. Also known as a slipped or ruptured disc, a herniated disc occurs when one of these cushions ruptures or breaks.

Herniated discs are caused by deterioration due to age, or by damage to the spine sustained during an injury while overexerting one’s self. Some people don’t even know they have one. If the pain begins to move or you experience numbness or tingling, see a doctor immediately. Arm and leg pain is another symptom of a slipped disc. In order to confirm that your back pain is caused by a herniated disc, a doctor will need to conduct a physical examination.

If you have a herniated disc in your spine, your doctor will most likely prescribe rest and heat/cold treatment. Physical therapy may also be recommended as well as light painkillers like acetaminophen. Since most herniated discs are healed by resting, it is important to exert yourself as little as possible. Alternating heat and cold treatments can help numb the affected area and relieve the pain. One of FitBrace’s many innovative features is a special pouch integrated in the back support brace that can contain a gel pack for pain relief. The gel pack can be heated or frozen and then reinserted into the unit so you can relieve your back pain while still receiving the full support of a back brace.