Can I have a herniated disc if I am young?

Centro de la columna Vertebral: March 26, 2019

puedo tener una hernia de disco si soy joven

Can I have a herniated disc if I am young?

If you like to go to the gym or do any physical contact sport, you may have wondered, can I have a herniated disc if I'm young? The simple answer is yes, but there are some details that are important for you to know

Although contact sports are one of the highest risk activities. Also if the parents have or have had a herniated disc.

Herniated disc

Herniated disc, or disc herniation, occurs when a portion of the nucleus pulposus (intervertebral disc content) is pressed through a weakened area of the disc. As a result, nerves near the spinal cord can be pinched or pressed, producing pain.

Most cases of herniated discs appear in adults or the elderly. Very few cases, , less than 3% happen in adolescents or children and about 10% among people under 30.

Where does the pain appear?

It is worth mentioning that disc herniation commonly occurs in two areas. The first one is in the lumbar area of the back, which can extend to the buttock or leg. Occasionally, another symptom occurs with loss of strength and sensation in the hands.

The second area affected by a herniated disc is the neck, where pain can occur when moving the neck; this can extend to the arms, forearms and fingers. Similarly, loss of strength or numbness is generated, which can be recognized as "tingling" in the extremities.

So, can I have a herniated disc if I'm young?

If you have asked yourself this question, you are probably already experiencing or have experienced some of the above-mentioned symptoms.

Some of the causes among young people are the following:

  • ● Lifting heavy objects, such as weights, without any protection.
  • ● Being overweight, which, according to statistics in Mexico, millions of young people suffer from.
  • ● Sitting or standing in the same position for a long time.
  • ● Practice some sport like soccer.
  • ● Congenital or malformation problems in the spine.
  • ● Poor posture for sleeping or walking.
  • ● Prolonged rest
  • ● Poor eating habits.

Go to CCV for a medical consultation

If you are a young person but you are beginning to have back problems, go to Centro de la Columna Vertebral for medical assessment. We have non-surgical treatment for herniated discs.

Schedule an appointment online here

“The information provided in this blog is of an informative nature; it seeks to promote good health habits in the population and by no means replace medical consultation. Content reviewed and corrected by Dr. Armando Acevedo Méndez, orthopedics and traumatology specialist. Professional license 602691.”

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