If you have lower back pain that keeps coming back, or your low back pain extends further down your leg and into your foot, it could be an indication that you have irritated an intervertebral disc.
Pain Caused by a Herniated Disk
Having a irritated disc can be very unpleasant. But in some cases, symptoms will subside in six weeks or less. This is the case in about 90% of disc cases.
What Causes a Disc to Become Irritated?
Your spine is composed of a chain of bones known as the vertebrae. The front part of each individual vertebrae is called the vertebral body. Between each vertebrae are soft spinal discs that have a hard, multilayered casing and a gel-like center, known as the nucleus pulposus.
These structures are what allow the spine to be flexible and let us lean forward or turn our upper body from side to side. Our discs also absorb shocks that are transferred to the spine while running or jumping, for example.
When you have a slipped disc, it means that one of the spinal discs is bulging beyond the edges of the vertebral bodies that are above and below it. There are three types of slipped discs:
– This means the disc is bulging out between the vertebrae, but the disc’s outermost layer is still intact.
– This means there is a tear in the outer layer of the spinal disc which is causing the spinal disc tissue to leak out. But the tissue that has come out remains connected to the disc.
– This is the most serious type of slipped disc. In this instance, the spinal disc tissue has entered into the spinal canal and is no longer directly attached to the disc.
While all three types of herniated discs can be extremely painful, most people suffering from a slipped disc can receive relief through chiropractic care.
If you are experiencing recurrent lower back pain and you believe you may have a slipped disc, you should absolutely consider seeking treatment from one of our chiropractic professionals.
By gently manipulating the spine so that it returns to its normal state, our team of chiropractors can help relieve the pressure caused by your slipped disc and provide instant relief to your back pain.
If you or somebody you know is suffering from pain as the result of a slipped disc, contact us today for your free chiropractic consultation. Our expert chiropractic medical professionals can tell you if chiropractic treatments are a good option for treating your pain.