Understanding Disc Pain
If you have lower back pain that keeps returning, or your low back pain extends further down your leg and in to your foot, perhaps it’s an indication that you have a slipped disc. Also known as a herniated disc, the pain brought on by this condition can be extreme and in many cases debilitating.
Pain Caused by a Herniated Disc.
Having a slipped disc can be very unpleasant. But in some cases, symptoms will die down in six weeks or less. This is the case in about 90% of herniated disc occurrences.
If your disc pain lasts longer than 6 weeks, or keeps coming back over a period of several months or years, this may be an indication that it may not go away on its own. Other treatment options, including gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment, should then be looked at.
What Causes Discs to Slip?
Your spine is made up of a chain of bones known as the vertebrae. The front section of each individual vertebrae is called the vertebral body. Between each vertebrae are soft spinal discs that have a hard, multilayered casing and a gel-like center, known as the nucleus pulposus.
These discs are what enable the spine to be flexible and let us lean forward or turn our upper body from side to side. Our discs also soak up jolts that are transferred to the spine while jumping or running, for example,.
When you have a slipped disc, it means that one of the spinal discs is bulging beyond the edges of the vertebral bodies that are above and below it. There are three types of slipped discs:.
- Prolapsed Disc– This means the disc is bulging out between the vertebrae, but the disc’s outermost layer is still whole.
- Extruding Disc– This means there is a rip in the outer layer of the spinal disc, which is causing the spinal disc tissue to leak out. But the tissue that has come out remains connected to the disc.
- Sequestration– This is one of the most serious kind of slipped disk. In this instance, the spinal disc tissue has entered into the spinal canal and is no longer directly connected to the disc.
While all three types of herniated discs may be extremely painful, most people struggling with a slipped disc can receive relief through gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment.
You should absolutely consider seeking treatment from one of our medical professionals if you are experiencing recurrent disc pain and you believe you may have a slipped disc.
By gently manipulating the spine to make sure that it goes back to its normal state, our team of spinal disc practitioners can help relieve the pressure caused by your slipped disc and provide instant relief to your back pain.
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