If you came to any other page of this website and ultimately wound
up on this page, odds are you have a herniated L5 disc. How do I know this? Well, it turns out that
herniations at the L5 level are by far the most common type of injury.
The L5 disc is the disc is the disc in between the lumbar and sacral junction. As a result, it bears tremendous
amounts of force. In fact, if a person lives long enough, odds are you will end up with a herniated L5 disc! This
is often overlooked because people over the age of 70 rarely get MRIs for back pain as they not considered high
risk and knee, hip, and hand pain.
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The biggest risk factor for developing a herniated l5 disc actually turns out to be sitting for over 2 hours in
one stretch each day! This is why almost everyone in an industrialized nation will get one at some point. It can be
pretty hard to get around sitting for more than 2 hours in one stretch, especially if you have a long commute or
work a desk job. Even if you don't, if you plop down at the computer or the television after you get off work, it
is pretty easy to lose track of time and sit for more than 2 hours at once. As a practical recommendation, try to
stand up for at least 60 seconds every hour in order to prevent your L5 herniation from getting worse.
Since sitting is the biggest risk factor for getting a herniated L5 disc, sitting posture becomes important.
Here is another thing that may surprise you: there is actually no one best sitting posture! The best strategy is to
pick a variety of sitting postures and shift through them throughout the day. For example, try sitting up straight
at the edge of your chair for a little while, then sitting up straight with most of your thigh on the chair, and
finally an upright posture leaning against your back seat. This will help ensure that the load of sitting is
distributed on a variety of tissues. If you always adopt the same seated position, odds are you are loading up the
same portion of the L5 disc over and over again.
However, given the fact that many people have l5 disc herniations and don't even know it, there is a good chance
that your herniated disc is not actually the source of your pain! After all, most people will get this same injury
over the course of a lifetime, yet only about 20% of the world's population actively is complaining about a chronic
pain condition at any point in time. Even then, not everyone in this 20% of the population is even in back
In general, disc-related pain is generally related to the severity of herniation. Typically, severe herniations
which are much more likely to cause pain are called extrusions. In order to be considered a true extrusion, most of
the disc material should be outside of the disc's normal space. Inversion therapy with a table may be useful in
these situations depending on the severity of the herniated L5 disc.
Other conditions, such as bulges and protrusions, are much less likely to be painful and could simply be
referred pain (pain referred to the disc site due to another body dysfunction).
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