Hérnia

  • O que é uma Hérnia?

    The Disc is what we call the strong cartilage that is between each of the vertebrae in your spine. It consists of several strong concentric rings like you would see in a tree or a multi-ply tire. Within the Disc is the Nucleus, a jelly like substance in the middle of the disc which supports the weight above it when you stand. The Discs themselves are made of approximately 70% water, therefor, they must remain hydrated. When they dry out, the walls or rings of the disc become fragile and can form cracks. The jelly like material in the Nucleus squeezes through these cracks, causing the Disc to Bulge and in severe cases the material will Herniate or go completely through the disc walls in the direction of and pass through the cracks. This Herniation then puts pressure on the nerves and or spinal cord at the level of the spine where the it occurs.

  • Sintomas de uma Hérnia

    The most common symptoms are dependent on what level the disc herniation is. For example, in the neck, a disc herniation can cause, pain, electric shocks, numbness and tingling in the shoulders, arms and hands. A hernia is much more severe than a disc bulge and may cause a total loss of strength and even more severe pain. In the low back, one could experience those same symptoms in their hips, legs and feet. Most people know the term “sciatica” which is typically caused by a disc bulge or hernia putting pressure on the sciatic nerve in the low back and leg.

  • Causas de Hérnia

    Chronic poor posture, poor lifting habits, falls and injuries can all contribute to a herniated disc. Most often, a hernia is the result of many years of spinal dysfunction and misalignment. A hernia is actually a symptom of poor joint function and DJD, degenerative joint disease, not the cause.
  • Como prevenir uma Hérnia

    Proper posture is the primary way to prevent DJD of the facet joints. Regular exercise, proper stretching and frequent movement of the joints will prevent problems. We also need to drink at least one litre of water throughout the day as these joints require water to remain healthy. People who don’t drink enough water each day and who drink beverages such as tea, coffee or soda, which remove water from our bodies, typically suffer from early DJD and severe DJD as they get older.
  • Como nós tratamos de uma Hérnia

    We use a variety of techniques to help reduce a herniated disc. This is done first by proper diagnoses using orthopaedic and neurological examinations. To correctly diagnose a herniated disc, a special diagnostic imagery machine known as an MRI can see the disc inside your spine to determine exactly where it is and how severe it is. We use our technology, hands and experience to treat the vertebrae at the level of the hernia and in severe cases, we use Spinal Decompression to remove the pressure on the nerves to speed up the healing process of the herniated disc. We also use exercises, nutritional support and educate patients how to prevent making the hernia worse and how to help it heal more quickly.