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Disc Problems in Jersey

Woman's hand on backWhile there’s no such thing as a ‘slipped’ disc, bulging, protruding and herniated discs are very real.

Each spinal disc has a jelly-like center that is contained by bands of fibrous tissue. Healthy discs allow you to have the flexibility to turn and bend with ease and work as ‘shock-absorbers’ within the spine. Improper lifting, slips, falls, and car accidents can cause the jelly-like core of the disc to shift and the following disc issues to arise:

  • Herniation – This occurs when the central portion of the disc ruptures.
  • Protrusion – A common cause of back pain, protrusion is when the disc bulges where it is the weakest, resulting in pressure to nearby nerves.
  • Prolapse – A prolapsed disc involves a spinal disc escaping from between the vertebrae of the spine.

How We Approach Disc Issues

The recommended treatment can differ significantly depending on the type and severity of a disc problem and at what spinal level the damage has occurred. After a thorough assessment and examination (orthopedic and neurological), your chiropractor can tell what treatment best suits you. Treatment techniques will range from gentle joint and soft tissue manipulation, flexion/distraction techniques, acupuncture and extensive rehabilitation exercises.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does chiropractic help address disc problems?

Chiropractic adjustments may effectively help restore proper motion and position of malfunctioning spinal bones. If addressed before permanent damage takes place, disc tissue often returns to more normal size and shape.

Aren’t disc problems simply due to the normal aging process?

No. However, many disc problems are due to years of neglect. Many people with spinal problems won’t experience symptoms until they’re in an advanced stage of degeneration. There are many elderly people who have maintained their spine throughout their lives and still enjoy optimal spinal health and function.

Could chiropractic help me avoid surgery?

Possibly. It depends on the severity of your disc conditions. But it’s a good idea to start with chiropractic first as it’s natural and non-invasive.

How long until patients typically notice relief?

A patient’s recovery depends on the severity of the disc injury and how much nerve damage is associated with the injury. Generally speaking, the bigger the disc injury and the more nerve damage is present, the longer one’s recovery may take. Symptomatic improvement can take from weeks to many months.

Book an Appointment

If you suspect a disc problem, contact The Wellness Centre (Castle Quay) today to schedule an appointment.



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