Disc Injuries

Disc Injuries

Have you been told that you have a slipped disc or a disc injury? 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

  1. Many people who have “bulging discs” on an MRI have no noticeable pain or symptoms 
  2. Even large (and often painful) herniated discs can heal and get reabsorbed.  
  3. There is little long-term difference in recovery from a herniated disc whether you have surgery or not, but surgery has a higher potential risk of complications, and is significantly more expensive!

Why our disc are so important

The little pads that lie between your vertebrae are called the inter-vertebral discs; each of which has a tough outer ring and a soft gel-like center. Your discs both join and separate your vertebrae. These discs serve as cushions or 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.

Disc Injury Diagnoses

If you are diagnosed with a protruding disc it means that the gel is pushed out or bulging, and is asymmetrical in different places. This may result in pinching and irritation of the nerve roots at that point.

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.

Disc Injury Treatment

We offer drug-free, non-surgical treatment for disc herniation.  Common treatment includes:

  • A full evaluation of the mobility and strength of your spine, hips, and legs to find the areas of movement dysfunction and irritation
  • Adjustments to relieve stress and tension on the nerves, muscles, and joints of your spine that are causing strain on the discs
  • Microcurrent therapy to help relieve and heal muscle, joint, and nerve inflammation
  • Specific stretching and strengthening exercises to improve stability and mobility in your spine
  • Lifestyle recommendations for posture, sitting, breathing, and any other factors that may be triggering the problem.

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