Disc Disorder Diagnosis & Treatment with Our Bluffton Chiropractor
Spinal discs are the soft, gel-filled structures that fit snugly between your intervertebral bones. These discs serve multiple purposes: they increase the mobility of your spine; they help create space for spinal nerves to exit the body; they help absorb shock within the spine.
People of all ages can experience spinal disc disorders. Certain people with certain risk factors are certainly more at risk, including people who are overweight, people who smoke, people who are sedentary, and, conversely, people who spend a lot of time alternating between spinal flexion and spinal extension (e.g., rowers, gymnasts, and physical laborers).
Common Disc Problems
Here are a few of the most common disc problems that our Bluffton chiropractor evaluates and treats at his practice:
- Bulging disc: the inner gel-like fluid (nucleus pulposus) literally moves out of place, causing the disc to bulge out from its normal position
- Herniated disc: the inner gel-like fluid actually breaks through a tear in the tough outer layer of the disc (called the annulus fibrosus)
- Degenerative disc disease: breakdown of the disc tissue, often due to accumulated wear and tear, poor posture, poor body mechanics
- Pinched nerve: a spinal nerve or nerve root becomes compressed and irritated by a bulging or herniated disc, or as a result of decreasing joint space between two bones due to degeneration and wearing down of the disc at that level
Symptoms of a disc problem will, of course, vary greatly depending on several factors, including the type of disc injury, the level of the spine at which the disc injury occurs, and what (if any) other structures the injured disc is encroaching on or affecting. Some of the most common symptoms and signs we see include back ache, back pain, back stiffness, and weakness, numbness, tingling, and pain in the arm or leg innervated by the nerve affected by the injured disc.
There’s really no such thing as a “slipped” disc. It’s a bit of a misnomer that has been used interchangeably to describe a bulging or herniated disc instead.
How Chiropractic Service Can Heal Disc Disorders
Discs need to be in their ideal resting position between vertebral bones in order to heal and also to prevent encroachment on other nearby tissues. Manual spinal decompression is one chiropractic service that can gently realign spinal discs, joints, and bones, and relieve pressure on pinched nerves. This service also creates a negative pressure in the disc which attracts healing cells and fluid to the injured tissue.
Other chiropractic services that can help heal disc disorders and related problems include soft tissue massage and mobilization, corrective exercises to help stabilize the spine and improve postural endurance, massage therapy to stimulate blood and lymph flow and promote relaxation and pain-relief, and neuromuscular re-education and postural re-training to teach you safer and more efficient ways to move at home, at work, and in sport.
Call Our Bluffton Chiropractor To Schedule an Appointment!
Wondering if your back pain is caused by a disc disorder? Bluffton chiropractor Dr. Josh Bell can help you get to the root of the problem thanks to his advanced training, extensive clinical experience, and-state-of-the art chiropractic technology. If you live near Bluffton, Decatur, Geneva, Yoder, Berne, Montpelier, and other nearby Indiana communities, then call Corrective Chiropractic today at 260-353-1400 to schedule an initial appointment.