The spine is made of bones called vertebrae. These vertebrae absorb shock through discs which separate them. Discs are responsible for allowing flexibility and range of motion in the spine. Disc injuries restrict the range of motion, and can also lead to a number of health complications.
Conventional treatments like surgery and medication can only provide a short term solution, adding to the fact that they have potential side effects too. Regular chiropractic care, on the other hand, tends to not only alleviate back pain for good, but promote general health as well.
Types of Disc Injuries
The term slipped disc is very common to hear. In reality, the discs are attached to the vertebra, which means they don’t really slip.
Common disc injuries include:
Herniated disc – Herniation relates to the rupture of fluid found in the centre of discs through outer fibers and stretching it beyond its range.
Disc tear – A small crack or tear in the external rim of the disc leads to the fluid leaking from it. This leads to a disc tear, and it is the most common type of disc injury.
Disc bulge – A disc bulge happens after the soft material of discs move out of position, either forward or backward. This causes swelling and increases pressure on the area, which can be extremely painful.
Disc desiccation – Desiccation of disc occurs when the disc loses fluid and begins to deteriorate.
Disc prolapse – Prolapse occurs when part of the disc ruptures and becomes a free moving agent.
Causes of Disc Injuries
Improper bending, lifting and twisting are some of the main causes of disc injuries. A minor damage in the spine which goes untreated over a period of time can become a disc injury. Episodes of poor bending and lifting techniques, as well as exhibiting a poor posture, can lead to dislocation in the spinal cord. These episodes tend to aggravate the wear and tear on discs, and simple movements like standing up or bending can become extremely painful.
Chiropractic treatments have been consistently effective in alleviating back pain and curing disc injuries. Chiropractors address the overall functioning of the spine and pelvis, which treats various other health complications associated with the spine. A thorough evaluation of the problematic areas, followed by laboratory analysis and specialized treatments are components of a chiropractic care. The therapy involves no medications or drug use, therefore has no known side effects. It promotes a better posture and general health.