Chiropractic for a Slipped Disc
Slipped disc is a misnomer because a slipped disc is usually bulging, prolapsed, protruding, or herniated. Either way, chiropractic care can help.
Nerves Need Room
The most serious problem you can encounter with your discs is a prolapsed disc in which the soft center ruptures and leaks.
Your discs are a special cartilage between the bones of your spinal column. They attach to the vertebra above and below them. This creates the separation between spinal bones so pairs of nerves can exit the spine.
Turning and Bending
Each spinal disc has a soft core that is contained by bands of fibrous tissue. Healthy discs allow you the flexibility for normal turning and bending. Things like improper lifting, slips or falls, and car accidents can cause a shift leading to:
Herniated Disc: when the disc wedging narrows nerve openings. Sometimes there are no obvious symptoms of a herniated disc so it's important to have your spine checked.
Protruding Disc: think of it like a blister. Your disc is bulging where it is weakest, which causes nerve pressure.
Prolapsed Disc: the cushioning in your disc ruptures making movement painful.
Chiropractic has been a natural solution helping people with a variety of disc problems.
- How does chiropractic help disc problems?
- Chiropractic care aims to locate and correct ares of the spine that are interfering with your nervous system function. Because the intervertebral discs are so close to the spinal cord and nerve roots, chiropractic cases often involve disc treatment. Chiropractic adjustments allow for proper motion and position of malfunctioning spinal bones, improving nervous system function. If caught and treated before causing permanent damage, disc tissue often returns to a more normal shape and size.
- Aren’t disc problems part of the normal aging process?
- Not necessarily. However, many disc problems appear at an older age due to years of neglect. A lot of spinal problems are asymptomatic until reaching the advanced stages of degeneration.