The modern world is rife with factors that strain our bodies and may challenge our ability to ward off serious back pain. When this back pain radiates downward through the lower body, it may actually be sciatica, the compression of the nerve root running through the spinal column, and a condition typically resulting in a bulged or herniated disc.
Many patients don’t seek help until the damage has become severe enough to warrant a microdiscectomy. And although this outpatient procedure can be extremely successful in removing the herniated portion of the disc and easing nerve compression, patients can avoid the situation entirely if they act early to correct bad habits.
Orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. Hooman Melamed provides overlooked factors that could be harming your spinal health as well as how to avoid sciatica and other forms of back pain.
Click here to read the entire article, “Seven Overlooked Factors Contributing to Sciatica,” on Patch.com.