Herniated Disc, disk bulge, and slipped disc are all used to describe damage to one of the discs found in your back or neck.
What is a Disc?
In between each bone in the spine there is a soft, gel-like pad that absorbs shock and enables you to bend and twist your spine. Without this our spines would be very rigid. Weakness in the surrounding muscles can cause the spine to weaken, increasing the risk of damage to the discs.
What is a herniated disc?
A herniated disc is when the disc gets injured, causing a small tear in the walls of the disc. This causes the soft, gel-like material to leak out in small amounts. This will put pressure on the nerves that exit the spine often leading to pain or numbness down the legs (if the herniated disc is located in the lower back) or down the legs (if the herniated disc is located in the neck).
What Causes It?
A herniated disc is often caused by weakness in the muscles or a muscle imbalance which puts added strain on the joints of the spine. Over time, the added protection around these discs wears away causing them to be injured quite easily. A herniated disc can also be caused by a more significant trauma such as falling down stairs, slipping on ice, lifting with poor posture, or being involved in an accident.
Our treatment begins with a massage and stretching. Then the chiropractic adjustment is done to alleviate tension and to reduce swelling around the spinal nerves. Lastly, exercise is used to restore strength and balance. For more extreme cases, surgery may be necessary.