Centro de la columna Vertebral: February 04, 2019
Lumbar discopathy usually causes pain in the lower back, which is associated with the sciatic nerve. It occurs due to loss of height of the intervertebral discs and, although it is associated with advanced age, it can occur in other types of scenarios. Learn more about this topic and make sure you see a health care professional if you suffer from chronic back pain.
The vertebrae are separated by spaces containing intervertebral discs, which are formed by a fibrous ring of concentric layers of collagen fibers, a layer of hyaline cartilage and a pulpy nucleus formed by visco-elastic substances that help to cushion the load. This material can be dehydrated, both by a natural aging process and by genetic factors or injuries. This causes them to lose density and flexibility, generating pressure on the nerves that cross the spine, which causes pain.
This condition occurs most often in people over 50, when the aging process starts to become acute. However, it can also occur in people under this age, after accidents or if there is a family history of this condition.
A lumbar discopathy diagnosis includes a physical examination, a clinical history analysis and an MRI for the doctor to observe the condition of the intervertebral discs and the spine in general.
On the other hand, since it is a chronic condition, continuous care and treatment are necessary for pain management. This may include: pain medication, physical therapy, nutritional management and in some cases psychological support.
At theCentro de la Columna Vertebral we are specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as lumbar discopathy. Our treatment is non-surgical and without side effects. Visit any of our centers to receive attention; we have clinics in six cities across the country.