Herniated discs can cause pain in the neck, back and even radiate
down the buttocks, thighs and feet.
Each spinal disc has a jelly like ‘ball bearing’ core that is contained in bands of fibrous tissue. Healthy discs give you flexibility allowing normal turning and bending. This movement produces a pumping action that supplies proper disc nutrition and waste removal.
A disc is sandwiched between each spinal vertebra to permit normal turning and bending. The intervertebral disc is a special type of cartilage that connects and cushions the 24 bones of your spinal column. Each disc attached to the vertebra above and below it. This provides the proper spacing for pairs of nerve roots to exit the spine from between each joint.
Trauma produces the most common form of disc injury such as twists, bends and falls. Spinal misalignments can cause disc tissue to adapt into a wedge-like shape. This is the earliest stage of disc damage. While this position can encroach upon adjacent nerve tissue, pain or other obvious symptoms may not be present. Even before symptoms appear, chiropractic care can be helpful. Like a blister, disc tissue can bulge. As the soft nucleus of the disc is compressed, it pushes outward where the disc wall is weakest. This distortion can produce obvious symptoms (sciatica) as it affects nerves nearby. Muscles tighten to protect and splint the joint. Chiropractic care has been known to help.
The most extreme form of disc damage is when the disc ruptures, leaking its contents into surrounding tissues. With its cushioning and separating functions gone, movement is painful and surgical intervention is often involved.
Uncorrected, long standing misalignments can make discs susceptible to damage. “I just bent over to tie my shoes” are comments we often hear.
A disc can thin, wedge, bulge, protrude, tear or herniate but it doesn’t slip! Safe and natural chiropractic care can help.