Disc Problems

Anatomy of a disc

The disc is a small cartilage pad that is situated between spinal bones. The soft jelly-like center is contained by layers of fibrous tissues. Each disc serves as a connector, spacer, and shock absorber for the spine. When healthy, discs allow normal bending, turning, and overall body movement.

Why we have issues

Since spinal discs have a very poor blood supply, they depend upon the circulation of joint fluids to bring nutrients and expel waste. If a spinal joint loses its normal motion and this pumping action is impaired, the health of the disc deteriorates. Like a wet sponge, a healthy disc is flexible. A dry sponge is hard, stiff, and can crack easily. This is how many disc problems begin.

Because of the way each disc is attached to the vertebra above and below it, a disc cannot slip as commonly thought. However, trauma or injury to the spine can cause discs to bulge, herniate, or worse, rupture. This can be quite painful, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots, interfering with their function.

How we help

Receiving chiropractic adjustments can be very effective in the treatment of disc injuries. Chiropractic adjustments can help stimulate circulation to the disc while relieving any irritation to the nerves to help ensure proper nutrients are reaching the disc to reduce degeneration and stimulate regeneration. There are many different techniques and treatment modalities your doctor of chiropractic may use in aiding in the healing of a disc injury. Depending on the nature of your disc injury, this will be discussed with you at your visit with the doctor.

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