Avoiding Herniated Discs

How to cause a herniated disc:

  1. Repeated flexion-bending is necessary to cause herniation.

  2. Thousands of cycles of flexion are needed.

  3. Prolonged sitting exacerbates the risk.

  4. Herniations tend to occur in younger spines because of the higher water content.

  5. The location of the herniation is a function of the dominant direction of loading.

  6. Repeated twisting causes the the annulus to slowly delaminate.

- Sources: Modified from "Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance 4th Ed."  Prof. Stuart McGill, PhD

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