Treating Your Disc Injury

Living with a slipped disc or another type of disc injury can have an extremely negative effect on your quality of life. If you are suspicious that your back pain is the result of a disc injury, or if you have received a diagnosis confirming that you are suffering from this problem, getting treated by a professional chiropractor may be very beneficial to you.

Regardless of whether the pain is mild or extreme, getting treatment promptly is critical to ensuring the issue does not progress and cause more damage. The article below discusses the symptoms associated with disc injuries and aims to help you understand this condition. Additionally, the article goes over how chiropractic care can give you instant relief from the pain and discomfort of a disc injury while also offering potential long-term recovery.

Disc Injury

Between the vertebrae in your spinal column are little pads called intervertebral discs. Every one of these discs has a tough outer structure and a softer, gel-like center. The job of these discs both to join and to separate the vertebrae from each other. The intervertebral discs behave as cushions, or shock absorbers, ensuring that the bones do not make contact with each other when you move around, lift large objects, or bend over. Without the existence of these discs, you would not be able to move your upper torso. These are some of the many kinds of disc injuries that can make moving the upper torso painful and difficult:

A protruding disc can occur if the disc becomes asymmetrical and the gel becomes pushed out or begins bulging.
Herniated discs occur when the disc material has ruptured to the extent that the gel is pushed outward.
A disc extrusion is the most severe type of disc injury. This occurs when the gel bulges extensively into the area outside of the vertebrae or, potentially, breaks off from the disc altogether.

Symptoms Associated With Disc Injury

The issues listed above tend to result in quite a bit of back pain, numbness, and even limitation of motion because of the irritation of the nerve roots and the effect it has on surrounding tissues. Many distressing symptoms can come from nerve irritation and damage.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Weakness in the legs or feet
  • Sciatica
  • Loss of control over bladder or bowels
  • Leg and foot pain
  • Chiropractic Treatment for Disc Injury

Chiropractic treatment has proven to provide both short-term relief from pain and long-term recovery from a disc injury. Chiropractic care involves an extensive assessment of your medical history, x-rays, and a physical examination to properly determine the extent of the disc injury and the appropriate treatment needed.

The approach taken by your chiropractor will be tailored to meet your individual needs and address specific issues, but will always include gentle adjustments to the spinal column to relieve the pressure on nearby nerves and enable you to cope with the pain and discomfort. If you are suffering from a disc injury, call our team at Bethpage Chiropractic to schedule an appointment today!

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