Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Specialist Associate Professor Ahmet İnanır gave important information about the subject. Lumbar hernia, one of the most common health problems, is seen in 10 out of every 8 people in our society. However, the misconceptions about herniated disc can cause serious confusion in people's minds.
So what are these well-known wrongs? And what's right?
False: Every back pain is a hernia
True: 95% cause of low back pain is not a hernia.
False: People With Lumbar Hernia Must Have Pain
Right: Although pain, numbness-tingling, and loss of strength are considered essential for hernia, the number of individuals who have a hernia and no symptoms are quite high.
False: Lumbar hernia is seen only in those who lift heavily
Right: Sitting all the time, especially the weight, constantly standing, doing housework by leaning, sexual activities, wrong sports and even plates can cause hernia.
False: Lying on a Hard Ground is Good for Hernia
Right: Bed selection is important according to the weight of the individual. Orthopedic mattress is generally prominent.
False: Sitting rather than moving should be preferred
Right: Sitting increases the load on the waist, it should not be sitting continuously for more than 10-20 minutes. And one should not stand constantly.
False: It is necessary to wear a corset constantly
Right: The thought that "corset causes the muscles in the waist to weaken" is also wrong. It is a lack of information to be thought of as the plaster condition. Recent publications have the idea that "You can wear as many corsets as your doctor sees fit".
False: Weight does not hurt the hernia patient.
Right: Weight is a very important factor in spinal diseases. It prevents the hernia from healing. It contributes to the formation of a new hernia.
False: Every Lumbar Hernia Means Surgery
Right: Surgery in lumbar hernia is a damaging procedure. However, in cases requiring compulsory surgery, we have to condone this damaging effect of the surgery. The real treatment is to get the herniated part back in place. Otherwise, we will cause the patient to experience new problems in the following months-years. Again, the decision for surgery should be examined in detail and made by a commission decision.
False: Any doctor can treat lumbar hernia !!!
Right: "Fear not from the herniated disc, but from the wrong treatment", even fear of delay and delay. Definitely choose doctors who are expert and experienced in this field. Otherwise, the treatment process becomes difficult even due to delay.
False: I am a hernia patient, I continue my life with medicine
Right: Necessary precautions and exercise program should be taught to shrink the hernia and a new lifestyle should be started. The person should not stay in the same position for a long time, the sitting and standing time should be kept short. The use of a pillow that supports the lumbar arch in sitting seats should be a habit. Care should be taken to do things by crouching instead of leaning on the ground. Care should be taken to choose an orthopedic mattress for lying down. When getting out of bed, you should lie on your side and sit with support from the arms, then stand up. In addition, if necessary, a diet program should be started in terms of weight control.
False: Lumbar Hernia Surgery Is Very Harmful
Right: Lumbar hernia surgery personally damages the body, but must be done in absolutely necessary cases. It is not an easy process. And easy decisions are not right at all.
False: Patients can return to work immediately after surgery.
Right: The easy return of the patient to work is a mistake. After surgery, the disc height of the patients decreases. And should pay extreme attention. Otherwise, the ground will be prepared for hernia, degenerative disc development and calcification in the future.
False: The patient can drive and walk after surgery.
Right: Driving the patient is a hernia inviter. Walking is also a hernia inviter.