What are Spinal Disks?

Between each of the bones in your spine, called vertebrae, there is soft tissue called a spinal disc. These discs serve as shock absorbers when you walk or run, allowing flexibility in your spine as well as preventing any deterioration caused by grating.

These discs are made up of two components: the inner part, also called the nucleus, which is soft and gel-like, and the outer part, known as the annulus, which is rubbery and flexible.

What is a Slipped Disc?

A slipped disc, also known as a herniated disc, occurs when the soft tissue (the nucleus) between the stacked bones in your back slips out through the outer ring of the disc, called the annulus. This can happen anywhere from your neck to your lower back, but it is most common in the lower back.

Several factors can contribute to slipped discs, with the most common being wear and tear on the discs between the bones due to physical activity, injury, or aging. Other factors can include improper lifting of heavy objects, genetics, and being overweight.

Symptoms of a Slipped Disc in Your Back

Symptoms of slipped discs can vary, and it’s important to note that not all slipped discs are the same. However, there are usually signs and symptoms that can indicate a slipped disc in your back. Here are a few to look out for:

  • Lower back pain
  • Sciatica- this is a sharp, often shooting pain that extends from the buttock down the back of one leg.
  • Numbness or a tingling sensation in the leg and/or foot
  • Weakness in the leg and/or foot

Treatment and Therapy for Slipped Discs

Slipped disc therapy procedures can vary. Chiropractors often recommend lower back workouts as a first step. It’s also crucial to maintain a healthy lifestyle by engaging in daily exercise, getting enough sleep, and maintaining good posture.

However, if these solutions don’t suffice, surgical treatment may be necessary. Surgery aims either to restore the disc to its rightful position between the bones or to remove the protruding part of the disc from the annulus. In some cases, a doctor may perform a spinal fusion as well.

Learn more about your chiropractic care options for a slipped disc by getting in contact with us!