Contrary to its name, a disc does not slip. The herniation occurs when a disc bulges, protrudes or becomes wedged. The word “disc” refers to the special cartilage that is between the bones of your spinal column. This cartilage attaches to the vertebrae above and below and creates the separation between spinal bones so that pairs of nerves can exit the spine. When a disc becomes herniated, it causes pressure on those nerves and registers pain throughout the spine.
Each of the discs within the spine has a small core that is jelly-like in substance and contained by bands of fibrous tissue. Healthy discs will give you flexibility for normal function such as flexion and rotation. However, there is constant stress placed on these discs due to the weight of your body. Improper lifting, slips, falls, sports injuries, or car accidents are a few of the ways that the core can be caused to herniate (or “slip”) out of its normal place in the spine.
Herniated discs are most common in the lower spine, but they can also occur in the neck as well. Many herniated discs go unnoticed until symptoms appear suddenly. These symptoms can include:
Carlton Chiropractic is proud to offer Spinal Disc Decompression Technology. This treatment option has been specifically designed to decrease pressure on the inter-vertebral discs. Once the pressure has been reduced, normal functioning of the spine can be restored, promoting proper healing. Depending on your condition, other options — such as chiropractic adjustments, combined with other therapies like electric muscle stimulation, ultrasound, and cold therapy — can also be prescribed to improve rehabilitation. It is the goal of Carlton Chiropractic to not only help heal the damaged disc but also to enhance muscular control and support of the back and neck.