Herniated Disc

The intervertebral disc is a structure located between two adjacent vertebrae at both cervical and thoracic and lumbar spine. It consists of two parts: a gelatinous center called the “nucleus pulposus, and surrounding a fibrous structure called the” annulus fibrosus “. Its function is to cushion the loads and stabilize the motion between two vertebrae.

Herniated Disc and Chiropractic

The “young” intervertebral disc is wet. This humidity is disappearing (dehydration of the body) with the passage of age, limiting the protective capacity of the disc (disc degeneration). Thus, the protective capacity of the disks is limited by its rigidity and impact can not be absorbed in the same proportion, thus accelerating wear and tear of the vertebrae.

Tensions repeated (one stroke, accidents, poor posture, lifting weights improperly, degenerative changes of the spine), may degenerate fibers of the disc and tear, warp or break the fibrous ring and release the nucleus. A slipped disc occurs when the central portion of the disc (nucleus pulposus) moves through the fibrous ring. By moving the nucleus pulposus may occur on the spinal cord or one or more nerve roots.

Symptoms and signs of lumbar disc herniation (lower back): Herniated Disc and Chiropractic

  • Muscle spasm
  • Muscle weakness or atrophy in later stages
  • Pain radiating to the buttocks, legs and feet
  • Pain that worsens with coughing, straining, or laughing
  • Severe low back pain
  • Tingling or numbness in the legs or feet

Signs and Symptoms of Herniated Disc Cervical (neck):

  • Neck pain
  • Weakness of arm muscles
  • Deep pain near or over the scapula on the affected side
  • Increased pain when bending the neck or turning head to one side
  • Pain radiating to the shoulder, upper arm, forearm and hand
  • Worsening of pain when coughing, straining, or laughing
  • Spasm of the neck muscles

Pain may be felt more acutely by bending or twisting, so the pain is worse when sitting than to remain upright. The way to detect this problem through history is to suffer severe back pain in the lower back and leg pain and numbness. When the herniated disc affects the legs, the problem is known as sciatica.

The goal of chiropractic treatment for disc problems is to reduce the pressure on the vertebral disc, to help restore normal motion and position of the spinal joints. N addition to reducing the bulging, better spinal function helps decrease inflammation. Many patients have avoided needless surgery or dependency on painkillers in choosing conservative chiropractic care.

Related posts:

  1. Neck pain
  2. Sciatica
  3. Headaches
  4. Low Back Pain