Myshka Chiropractic offers effective, non-surgical solutions for slipped discs, sometimes referred to as “herniated” discs. To treat slipped discs, Dr. Susan Myshka uses the combination of a thorough physical exam and digital images to determine what type of problem is occurring. We believe in opting for natural and therapeutic treatments that work in conjunction with your body as a first option for slipped disc problems whenever possible.
If we discover that the best option is surgery, we are happy to provide you with excellent references. Often, patients need chiropractic care following surgery, and we are happy to help.
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Fortunately, only a small percentage of people experiencing low back pain have serious disc issues, and the vast majority of problems can be treated through professional chiropractic manipulation and therapy.
What is a Spinal Disc?
Between each vertebrae of your spine is a spongy pad, called an intervertebral disc, that acts as a shock absorber for the spine. These discs help to hold the spine in place, and they guard the sensitive bundle of spinal nerves from injury.
Each of these flat, circular pads is about an inch wide and a quarter of an inch thick. When we are young, our spinal discs are sacs filled with fluid, but as we age, they begin to solidify. By the time we are middle aged, the outside of our spinal discs resemble hardened pieces of rubber that become prone to degeneration and injury. The inside contains a gel-like fluid that absorbs pressure from impacts and movement of the spine.
Bulging and Slipped Discs
Discs are held in place by ligaments that connect the muscles of the back to the vertebrae. There is little wiggle room for discs to actually move. What usually happens is that gel or fluid from inside the disc pushes out from a crack in the disc’s outer covering. Nearby nerves become irritated and/or painful, and many people experience weakness or numbness in an arm or a leg. Some people are fortunate enough to experience no symptoms for a long time from a bulging or herniated disc.
When a disc is pushed out of shape, as in the above example, it is called a protrusion. Much like a car tire with a weak sidewall, it becomes misshapen, and a portion of it actually protrudes from inside. Left untreated, protrusion can eventually become disc prolapse.
When a disc prolapses, the bubble of protrusion becomes larger and extends beyond the disc’s designated space. This puts pressure on the nerves located in that section of the spine, and can cause a great deal of pain. Everyday activities such as sitting down, walking, lifting, using the bathroom or even coughing can become nearly unbearable. Disc prolapse can also cause numbness in the legs or feet, or loss of control of some muscles.
Signs and Symptoms of Slipped Discs
The term “slipped disc” is often all-encompassing of both disc prolapse and disc protrusion. Symptoms of slipped discs include:
- Stiffness or pain in the spinal area
- Pain in the legs, feet, or buttocks caused by pressure on nerves
- Pain in the neck, shoulders, or arms.
- Tingling, numbness, or weakness in any area of the body where affected nerves reach.
Let Myshka Chiropractic Help
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, Myshka Chiropractic can help. We will perform a thorough evaluation to determine the origin of your pain or problem. Request an appointment online, and get started toward a pain-free future!
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