Slipped disc or disc bulge is when the inner part of the disc bulges out through a tear in the outer fibrous ring (annulus fibrosis) of an intervertebral disc.
The wear and tear in the outer rings is caused by uneven stresses and damage from repetitive trauma, lifting injuries, poor postures and poor conditioning due to sedentary lifestyles leading to people seeking slipped disc treatment
A slipped disc in the lower back is most often seen between the ages of 30 and 50. In the cervical vertebrae around the neck, slipped discs are most often seen between the ages of 40 and 60.
This condition may cause localised irritation of the surrounding tissue thereby resulting in pain. If the nerve becomes irritated or impinged, pain or paraesthesia can be felt down the arm or leg.
Mild to moderate disc bulge can be treated by chiropractic. Slipped disc treatment involves correcting the misaligned vertebra segment that is putting stress on the intervertebral disc.
Individuals suffering from slipped disc commonly presents with spinal pain and pain/paraesthesia down the limb. Physical, orthopaedic and neurological examination will be performed to determine the level of disc injury. Imaging studies such as plain film x-rays or MRI are commonly used to confirm the diagnosis and ascertain the severity of the disc bulge. Once the severity of the slipped disc is determined and there is no contraindication to spinal manipulation, the chiropractor will proceed to providing slipped disc treatment for the individual.
Chiropractic slipped disc treatment primarily uses spinal adjustments to restore mobility to spinal joints and once pressure is taken off your disc, nerves and joints, symptoms improve as well as prevention of further injury. Adjunct treatments can consist of soft tissue therapy, flexion distraction and low back exercise to help in rehabilitating the spinal dysfunction.
We encourage you to get your spine checked if you are suffering from a slipped disc. Effective slipped disc treatment can be achieved by the doctors at Alpha Chiropractic who are able to provide a safe and gentle care for your condition. Get it treated promptly before it leads to further complications.