Dealing With A Disc Injury

disc injury can be helped by a chiropractor

Are you living with a slipped disc or other disc injury in Athens? If you have a suspicion that your chronic back pain is being caused by a disc injury, or you have received a diagnosis that confirm you are dealing with this kind of issue, you will probably benefit from the best chiropractic care in Athens you can find.

Whether the pain is mild or severe, it is important to deal with it promptly so that the issue does not progress an cause more permanent damage. The following article discusses some of the symptoms of disc injuries with the aim of helping you to understand what you are dealing with. It also goes over how chiropractic care may give you immediate relief from the pain and discomfort associated with a disc injury, as well as possible long-term recovery.


The Low Down on Disc Injury in Athens

First things first: what is a disc? Perhaps this might seem like an elementary question, but just in case, I’d like to make sure that we are clear as to what that structure actually is and where it is located.

Discs are located between each vertebra and are extremely important in acting as shock absorbers or big cushions that help allow the spine to maintain normal, healthy movement. The disc itself has a very thick gel like substance in the middle called the nucleus pulposus. This nucleus is kept in it’s proper position and placement by layer after layer of very strong fibrous rings that have an alternating directional pattern; these are called the annular fibers.

Typically, due to some sort of mechanical insult, either sudden onset type macro traumas or overuse cumulative type micro traumas, these annular fibers may weaken and therefore allow some of that thick gel to start working it’s way out of that ring, creating a bulging effect, hence the term bulging disc. When all layers of the annular fibers tear or “rupture” and that thick gel is then able to leak out, kind of like jelly coming out of a doughnut, this is called a disc herniation or ruptured disc.

The understanding of a low back disc bulge or disc herniation can sometimes be a little confusing. One reason that it can be confusing is that you may have one of these conditions and not even know it, or you may be in the most severe pain you have ever experienced or anything in between.

The most common place for a disc bulge or disc herniation to occur is in the lower back. When either of these happen, this can put pressure on the spinal cord or on the nerve roots and cause the following types of pain or symptoms:

  • Sharp buttock or leg pain
  • Burning muscle pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Foot numbness
  • Tingling or pins and needles
  • Shooting electric like pain

Now, it is possible to experience some of these symptoms without actually having one of these disc conditions just yet. I know, just adding to the confusion. In either case, you most definitely want to have it checked out and properly diagnosed. Regular old x-rays will not confirm or rule out that there is one of these disc conditions. An MRI is the only definitive way to accurately diagnose either a disc bulge or a disc herniation and specifically to what degree or severity the condition has progressed.


Signs and Symptoms of a Disc Injury

All of the above issues tend to result in considerable back pain, numbness, and limitation in range of motion due to the irritation of the nerve roots at the point where the injury occurs and the impact this has on the surrounding tissues. A number of distressing symptoms can arise from this nerve irritation and damage, including but not limited to:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Weak legs or feet
  • Leg and foot pain, numbness and tingling (also known as sciatica)
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control

Chiropractic Care for Disc Injury

Chiropractic care in Athens for disc injuries has a proven track record of providing both short-term pain relief and long-term recovery. A chiropractic treatment involves a thorough assessment of your medical history and x-rays, as well as a physical examination in order to determine the extent of the disc injury and the appropriate treatment.

The approach that is taken will be individually tailored to your specific issue and will always include gentle adjustments to the spine to relieve pressure on the nerves and deal with the pain and discomfort.


The Good News Is That We Can Help!

There is a very large percentage of people with a disc bulge or disc herniation that can successfully avoid invasive procedures like injections or surgery. My practice deals with herniated disc treatments and bulging disc treatments every day and have helped thousands of people just like you eliminate their pain and return to normal lifestyles.

One of the things I feel is most important in our strategy building approach for solving your issue is education. The more you understand the details of your condition and all of the chiropractic treatment options available, the better chance we will have at successfully resolving your pain.

If you have a disc injury, call our team at Chiropractic Works today to receive a consultation and start on the path to recovery.

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Athens, GA 30605
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