Injury to the intervertebral disc from excessive stress can lead to a Herniated Nucleus Propulsus or Herniated Disc. Pain can be present in the lower back as well as down the leg and will increase with bending, sneezing or coughing. A herniated disc will compress a nerve root or add tension to the nerve root.
Herniated discs happen more to people between the ages of 20 to 45 years old and is more common in men. The lumbosacral area is the main area where the herniation happens because this is where the greatest motion in the spine takes place.
Back pain is present, but the predominant complaint of pain is Sciatica. Hamstring tightness may also be associated with a herniated disc. Numbness or tingling may also be present in the leg.
I’m Steve Taylor, Physical Therapist of Southern Physical and Occupational Therapy Services
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