Slipped discs, also known as herniated or bulging discs, can be very painful. Located between each of the 24 vertebrae, the spinal disc has a jelly-like interior, surrounded by a tough, fibrous exterior covering. Acting like shock absorbers for the spine, they cushion the vertebrae and prevent bone-on-bone contact.
When one of the spinal bones moves out of position, is Subluxated, or is not moving correctly, it places pressure on the disc, causing the gel interior to push up on one side, causing it to slip or bulge on the side away from the stress.
That may put extra pressure on the surrounding structures, such as nerves, that branch off the spinal cord, causing pain, either acutely or over time, as well as a host of other neurological symptoms, such as numbness, tingling or weakness to the legs and feet.
Causes and Symptoms
Anything that puts pressure on the vertebrae may cause an issue. Automobile accidents subject the body to enormous pressure, and whiplash injuries to the neck are common. Postural problems and improper curvature of the spine also put an abnormal load on the discs.
Whatever the cause, the instability damages the fibrous covering, allowing the gelatinous material to seep out and impinge on the nerve.
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Symptoms may include
How We Help
As Chiropractors at the Studio, we use Chiropractic adjustments to restore normal motion, alignment, and integrity to the spinal joints. With slipped discs, gentle adjustments of the vertebra above and below the affected segment have been shown to help alleviate much pressure and reduce many symptoms.
We are often asked about pinched nerves resulting from disc issues. Nerves are vital to all motor, sensory and neurological control of the body. If the nerve is impaired, it may affect nerve function and reduce function in the body.
Gentle, specific Chiropractic care helps restore integral movement to the spine, alleviate pressure on the pinched nerve, and allow the body to do what it’s designed to do—using its self-healing, self-regulating function to restore the body to its absolute best.
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