Herniated Disc

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Herniated Disc

A herniated disc, often referred to as a slipped disc, is a common cause of lower back pain.  It is a result of the soft, gel-like cushion between the vertebra becoming squashed and rupturing.  If the outside casing of a disc is damaged, it can leak and the gel-like substance that protects the vertebra loses its ability to absorb impact in the spine.  This results in rubbing occurring between the bones of the spine, often placing pressure on the sciatic nerve.  The combination of the rubbing vertebra and sciatic pressure results in back pain.  Pain commonly occurs not only in the area of the rupture but via the spinal cord to other parts of the body causing other symptoms such as numbness and tingling in the legs.


Signs of a slipped or herniated disc are lower back pain that then leads to pain in other parts of the body.  It can often cause sciatic pain, which includes shooting pain in the legs, numbness and irritation or prickling feelings from the lower back, through the buttocks, and down into the legs.  In severe cases, the pressure on nerves connected to the spinal cord can result in spasms or paralysis in the body, particularly in the arms, legs and buttocks and occasionally it can result in urinary incontinence.


A variety of injuries, illnesses and postural problems can cause a herniated disc.  The condition is commonly associated with contact sports or bending and lifting injuries.  Discs can also deteriorate with age, making them more vulnerable to damage from twisting or stretching.


There is a wide range of treatments available through conventional medicine including surgery and cortisone injections.  However, many cases of a herniated disc can be managed through non-invasive treatment.  Chiropractic manipulation offers a range of ways that adjustments can be made to the spine and part of the spine where the disc has herniated.  Techniques include stretching the spine to pinpoint the effected area and then the use of gentle manipulation to encourage the gel-like center of the disc back into its correct position.  Chiropractic manipulation can also help by maneuvering the disc away from any nerves it may be squashing or irritating.


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