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Myth busting about Slipped Disc’s

Common Misconceptions about Slipped Discs

There are more than a few weird ideas about back pain. We cannot possibly cover all of them but we wanted to touch on a few of them. If you have heard of others not mentioned here or in other blog posts, feel free to comment here or pass them our way.

Myth: “Someone told me I have a Slipped Disc”

This is an old term that needs debunking. Discs don’t and can’t “slip”. They bulge and herniate. Kind of a technicality I know, but the reason I mention it is that if you go see someone that diagnoses you with a slipped disc, you might be in the wrong place.

Myth: “But I Never Injured My Back!”

A common misconception is that back injuries can be attributed to a single accident. While this can be true, the majority of back problems do not occur this way. For most of us our back pain is due to an accumulation of small, typically unnoticed “traumas”. You may hear terms such as “Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)” or “Cumulative Trauma Disorder (CTD)” describing this phenomenon. Sounds scary eh? Lets break this down to see what can be done about it.

Remember that back injuries and pain result from poor movement control while the spine is under load. Essentially, our normal activities involve small amounts of force on the back done repetitively. Because the forces are small, we typically don’t think of the activity as harmful. The problem arises because the activity is performed again and again. Poor movement control done over and over again allows the small amounts of force to add up, leading to “the straw-that-broke-the camel’s-back”.

At National Spine Care, we cover this and much more in Spine Boot Camp so if you want to learn more, contact us.

Call us at (403) 270-7252 to book your Slipped Disc consultation appointment today!

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