Our bodies work best when everything is where it’s supposed to be. If one of your spinal discs herniates – meaning it bulges, slips, or ruptures – you could experience pain. And let’s face it, when you’re in pain, you’re really not living your best life.
In this blog, I’m going to provide you information on discs, spinal disc herniation, and how chiropractic care can play a part in your treatment.
Let’s start with the basics. Spinal discs are the round piece of fibrocartilage (annulus fibrosus) with a gel-like center (nucleus pulposus). They are located between each vertebra of the spine and act as a shock absorber of the spine and form a joint between each vertebra to allow movement of the spine.
A disc herniation involves the inner nucleus pulposus as it protrudes through the outer annulus fibrosus layer. High impact forces cause disc herniations. A thin weak disc is also highly susceptible to herniations as well.
You’ll know if you’re experiencing a spinal disc herniation if you feel a sharp pain at the site of the herniation. You may also feel radiating pain, numbness, and tingling down the arms to the fingers or down the leg to the toes.
In addition, the disc herniation will place damaging pressure on the nerve that is located next to it.
Chiropractic care will help prevent disc herniations from occurring by keeping your spine in the optimal position. This reduces the amount of compression force placed on the disc joint.
It’s never too early to see a chiropractor. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Do not wait until you are in pain to see a chiropractor. Many problems can be fixed before symptoms start to occur.
The disc is mostly avascular – that means it does not have a blood supply for the most part. It heavily relies on a motion for it to absorb nutrients and water.
Chiropractic adjustments help induce motion into those disc joints so the disc can stay healthy and hydrated.
In our office, we also treat patients with mechanical traction which will help put a force into the spine to separate vertebrae, take compression force off the disc and reduce damaging pressure on the nerve.
Be in touch before the pain gets too unbearable – our priority is helping you live an active life!