The term “slipped disc” is used to refer to a common cause of back pain. Understanding the structure of the spine can shed light on how this condition arises and causes pain. If you are suffering from back pain of any sort, consult with an experienced chiropractor to determine the cause of your pain and begin treatment to ease your pain. Read on to find out more about what the diagnosis of a slipped disc in your back really means for your health.
- What is a Spinal Disc?
The spine is comprised of bones called vertebrae, which are separated by connective tissue called discs. These discs provide your back with flexibility and a range of movement, and are comprised of a fibrous, stronger outer casing surrounding a soft, gel-like middle.
- How Can a Disc Slip?
Discs in the back cannot actually “slip,” so the term “slipped disc” is actually a misnomer. However, the condition itself is very real and most often refers to an instance in which the outer casing of the spinal disc ruptures, spreading the gel-like middle and pressing it against the spinal cord or sciatic nerve, causing pain.
- What Causes a Slipped Disc?
The causes of a slipped disc are varied, though your risk increases with age, causing discs to lose water and become more likely to rupture. Other factors that can weaken the disc include bending in an awkward position, improper form while doing heavy lifting or moving, excessive time spent sitting, obesity, and a back injury such as a fall or whiplash from an automobile accident.
- How is a Slipped Disc Treated?
Treatment for a slipped disc involves remaining active, which promotes healing and helps prevent chronic back pain. Be sure to visit a chiropractor for specific recommendations. He or she may conduct a dynamic video/motion x-ray examination in order to gain better insight into your injury. An experienced chiropractor can help in your recovery, providing treatment to reduce pain and hasten healing.
The chiropractors at Precision Pain Relief Center in Norcross are here to diagnose and treat your back pain. We offer dynamic video/motion x-ray examinations, computer-aided precision spinal adjustments, and other cutting-edge equipment. When you combine our technology with the experience and education of our chiropractors, the result is truly exceptional chiropractic care. Visit our website or call us at (678) 436-8291 to find out more about how we can help you.