Understanding Disc Pain
If you have lower back pain that keeps returning, or your low back pain extends further down your leg and into your foot, it could be an indication that you have a slipped disc.
Also known as a herniated disc, the pain triggered by this condition can be extreme and in some cases debilitating.
Pain Brought On By a Herniated Disc.
Having a slipped disc can be very unpleasant. In some cases, symptoms will die down in 6 weeks or less. This holds true in about 90% of herniated disc cases.
If your disc pain lasts longer than six weeks, or keeps recurring over a period of several months or years, this might be a sign that it may not go away by itself. Other treatment options, including gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment, should then be thought about.
What Induces Discs to Slip?
Your spine is composed of a chain of bones known as the vertebrae. The front part 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, named 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 absorb impacts that are transferred to the spine while running or jumping, 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 split 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 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 can be extremely painful, most people struggling with a slipped disc can receive relief through gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression therapy.
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 so that it goes back to its normal state, our team of spinal disc doctors can help relieve the pressure caused by your slipped disc and provide instant relief to your back pain.
If you or somebody you know is struggling with disc pain as the result of a slipped disc, contact us as soon as possible for your free examination. Our expert spinal disc doctors can tell you if gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment is a good option for treating your pain.
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