dreamstime_xxl_30721851If you’ve ever hurt your back while lifting something heavy, you may have been sore for a few days, but after awhile, you were able to move and bend normally. If you’ve hurt yourself while lifting something heavy, and mobility and flexibility didn’t return within a few days, it’s possible that you herniated, or “slipped” a disc in your spine. At Colorado Spine Institute in Loveland, we’ve helped many people who have suffered from a herniated disc, and can thoroughly examine your back and provide the necessary treatment.

What is a Herniated Disc?

Discs are the rubbery, cushion-like materials between the vertebrae, or bones that constitute your spine. Each disc has a softer center and a tougher exterior, and a herniated disc refers to a disc whose softer material has slipped out through a crack in the exterior. This can put pressure on the nerves in your spine, creating severe pain in your back, neck, arms, or legs. It’s possible to have minimal pain with a herniated disc, but if you think there may be a problem, it’s important to see a spine specialist as soon as possible.

If you often lift heavy things at work, or you spend several hours in the gym each week, lifting weights and working out, it’s essential to pay attention to the health of your spine. Appropriate safety equipment can save you from a herniated disc, but if you’re feeling sore and nothing seems to be helping, please make an appointment with us today. We look forward to helping you!