Disc Disorders


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A disc disorder is any problem you have with one or more discs between your vertebrae. Spinal discs have tough outer membranes with cores that contain a soft, jelly-like substance. Discs that threaten to break open or that leak jelly-like fluid into the spine can cause feelings of stiffness, numbness, and severe pain. Chiropractic care can safely treat disc disorders such as these using natural, non-invasive techniques that address and heal the root source of your pain.

Disc disorders can affect anyone at any time, and can be caused by injuries, accidents, and general wear and tear on the body. The main types of disc disorders are bulging discs, herniated discs, and degenerative disc disease. Common symptoms associated with a disc disorder include loss of bladder or bowel control, leg weakness, leg pain, back pain, and a numbness or tingling sensation.

Chiropractic care for disc disorders may include spinal manipulation, mobilization, neuromuscular therapy, manual joint stretching, and therapeutic exercise and massage. Many people report experiencing pain relief immediately upon leaving the clinic or within 24 hours of treatment. Chiropractic techniques do not cause pain, but may result in some muscle soreness as your body adjusts to its proper alignment and goes through the healing process.

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A bulging disc is a disc that is likely to rupture and break open. A bulging disc may not cause symptoms in some people, but can cause pain when it compresses nerves.

A herniated disc is a disc that has partially or completely broken open and leaked jelly-like fluid into the spinal canal. This fluid puts pressure on your nerves and spinal cord, and may cause the disc to lose its function as a shock absorber. A herniated disc may also be known as a slipped or ruptured disc.

Degenerative disc disease is when your disc wears out, shrinks, and/or loses its shape and flexibility. This disc disorder is part of the natural aging process and is more common in older adults.

Frequently asked questions about disc disorders

What can I do to lower my risk of a disc disorder?

You can lower your risk for a disc disorder by avoiding placing any excess pressure on your discs. Avoid sitting down for extended periods of time and take breaks when driving on road trips and typing on your computer. Avoid prolonged bending, carrying, and twisting, and wear a support belt when doing manual work such as picking up boxes.

What are common risk factors for disc disorders?

You may be at higher risk for a disc disorder if you smoke, have a history of back pain, or work a job involving repetitive movements such as bending and lifting. Sitting for long periods of time at home or work is also a risk factor for disc disorders, as well as being in poor physical shape.

How long does it take to heal from a disc disorder?

The length of time it takes for you to heal from a disc disorder depends on the severity of your pain and condition. Many times, it takes between two and four weeks of chiropractic care to benefit from lasting pain relief.

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