Disc Problems

What is a disc bulge? 

Disc bulges or herniations are a common and often debilitating problem. Spinal discs act as shock absorbers between each of the vertebrae in the spine. The disc has a tough outer covering and a thick gel-like material on the inside. When the tough outer fibers break down and weaken some of the disc’s gelatinous contents may bulge outward and press on the nerve roots or central nerves running through the central canal where the spinal cord lives. This can produce serious back and leg pain, as well as, numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness.

Best treatments for herniated discs?

SPINAL DECOMPRESSION  is one of the most effective and conservative therapies.  It is non-invasive, affordable and a great place to start before considering other more permanent solutions.  When combined with ice, chiropractic manipulations, electric stimulation, strengthening exercises and possible laser therapy – we find that many disc problems can be resolved.  Click HERE to read more about spinal decompression therapy.

 How do I know if I have a herniated disc, and is it serious?

Herniated discs  can cause symptoms such as radiating pain into the arm or leg(sciatica), numbness/tingling, muscle twitching/weakness or spasms.  However, these symptoms are not always associated with herniated discs.  It is best to be diagnosed by a professional.  Disc bulges need to be taken seriously because if left untreated they can lead to possible permanent nerve damage, continued degeneration, and eventual surgery.  

Do I have a slipped disc?

Technically, a disc can’t “slip.” The intervertebral disc is a pad of cartilage-type material situated between spinal bones. Each disc serves as a connector, spacer and shock absorber for the spine. A soft, jellylike center is contained by outer layers of fibrous tissue. Healthy discs help allow normal turning and bending. Because of the way each disc is attached to the vertebrae above and below, a disc cannot “slip.” However, trauma or injury to the spine can cause discs to tear, bulge, herniate, or worse, rupture. This can be quite painful, as the soft center of the disc leaks, putting pressure on the adjacent nerve roots and spinal cord. Many patients have avoided needless surgery or a dependency on pain pills, by choosing chiropractic care for their disc-related health problem.

 

 

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