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Slipped Disc

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Slipped Disc

Overview

Your spinal column is made up of a series of bones (vertebrae) and they are cushioned by discs that protect the bones by absorbing shocks from day to day activities like walking, twisting and lifting. 

Injury or weakness in the discs can cause the inner portion to herniate or bulge out through the outer layer. Pain and discomfort can result due to irritating substances that are released from this tear or when a fragment of the tear compresses a nearby nerve. This is known as slipped, herniated, or prolapsed disc. Disc herniation has some similarities to degenerative disc disease because discs that herniate are often in an early stage of degeneration. 

Many factors decrease the strength and resiliency of the disc and increase the risk of disc herniation. Lifestyle choices such as smoking, lack of regular exercise, and inadequate nutrition can contribute to poor disc health. Poor posture, daily wear and tear, injury or trauma, and incorrect lifting or twisting further stress the disc. Weakened disc coupled with further stresses make the disc more susceptible to herniation.


Symptoms

  • Can occur without any pain
  • Can occur in any part of your spine from neck to lower back but more common in the low back or lumbar spine
  • Pain around the area of herniation
  • Radiating pain across the hips or into the buttocks
  • Numbness or pain radiating down the leg, ankle or foot
  • Pain that worsens with certain movements, when sitting, standing or walking short distances
  • Weakness with extension of the big toe

Treatment & Care

Slipped disc chiropractic treatment is aimed at spinal realignment and achieving normal range of movement, without the need for painkillers. Studies have shown chiropractic treatment for a herniated disc to be superior to other conventional therapies or home treatments such as heat or standard exercises. 

As established chiropractors, we are experts in treatment for slipped discs. After performing an initial assessment, a treatment plan will create to help you get achieve a normal, relatively pain-free lifestyle.

The initial consultation will involve your chiropractor running a series of tests to assess the severity of your symptoms in order to formulate your personalised treatment plan. Flexion-distraction techniques, spinal adjustments, dietary advices and strengthening exercises are part of the care plan to your recovery.

Treatment with a chiropractor can also help you to avoid disc problems in the future by identifying your risk factors and creating an individualised plan to help you reduce or eliminate them.

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