Have you been told that you have a slipped disc or a herniated disc? The good news is that disc injuries often recover well without resorting to surgery. Recent research has told us several important things regarding disc herniations
Intervertebral Discs have a tough outer ring and a soft gel-like center. Your discs both join and separate your vertebrae. These discs serve as cushions and shock absorbers so that the bones don’t make contact with each other as you move. Without discs, we would literally be unable to move our upper torso.
If you are diagnosed with a “bulging disc” it means that there has been injury to the tough outer layers, and soft gel center is pushing out. This, along with the associated inflammation, can result in pinching and irritation of the nerve roots that exit the spine.
A herniated disc happens when the disc material ruptures to the point that the gel pushes outward. This can also cause pain and numbness due to the irritation of the nerves, and can be very serious in some cases.
A disc extrusion is the worst type of disc injury. What it means is that the gel balloons extensively into the area outside the vertebrae or breaks off from the disc. This tends to result in considerable back pain and limitation of range of motion.
Research tells us that many disc herniations, even severe ones, can resolve and even re-absorb without surgery. Proper treatment and activity is essential to helping the healing process along!
We offer drug-free, non-surgical treatment for disc herniation. Common treatment includes: