A disc can’t slip. But it can wedge, bulge, protrude and herniate. Chiropractic care can help.
The most serious disc problem is a prolapsed disc in which the soft center ruptures and leaks.
Space for Nerves
The disc is a special cartilage between the bones of your spinal column. It attaches to the vertebra above and below it. This creates the separation between spinal bones so pairs of nerves can exit the spine.
Turning and Bending
Each spinal disc has a jelly-like “ball bearing” core that is contained by bands of fibrous tissue. Healthy discs give you flexibility for normal turning and bending. Improper lifting, slips, falls and car accidents can cause the core to shift:
Herniation – disc wedging narrows nerve openings. Obvious symptoms may not be present.
Protrusion – like a blister, the disc bulges where it is the weakest, causing nerve pressure.
Prolapse – with the cushioning and separating compromised by rupture, movement is painful.
Chiropractic has been a natural solution helping people with a variety of disc problems.
Chiropractic care helps restore proper motion to the spinal disc, allowing the disc bulge to reduce in size, and therefore reduces pressure on the nerve. Over successive adjustments patients heal, allowing them regain their normal activites. On occasion, a patient has let the damage progress too far and their body cannot heal itself. For those patients, we consult with them and help them find the Medical Doctor that they need.
After patients are better, we recommend regular chiropractic care to maintain the degenerative disc. After all, if they let it degenerate by not seeing a chiropractor, why repeat the same mistake again?
We have extensive experience working with patients who have disc bulges or have been recommended surgery. In addition, we work regularly on patients who have had surgery already or have had fusions.