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:

  • Prolapsed Disc

    – This means the disc is bulging out between the vertebrae, but the disc’s outermost layer is still intact.

  • Extruding Disc

    – 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.

  • Sequestration 

    – 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.

Chiropractic Care and Slipped Discs

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.

Peter Halvorson, DC

Dr. Peter Halvorson has been involved in ‘non-pharmaceutical’ healthcare also known as Alternative and Complementary Medicine (CAM) since the late 1970’s when as a teenager he studied foot reflexology and explored a vegetarian diet. He discovered Chiropractic healthcare as a patient in his twenties, has been a Massage Therapist since 1993 and recently completed a three and half year program for his Doctorate of Chiropractic. Since then he has realized the great importance of a healthy brain and neurological system. Chiropractic is essentially neurologically based, and the burgeoning neurological research of the past twenty years has shown that we must move from ‘pain and chasing symptoms’ to ‘brain health and finding cause’ as this is truly the source of a capable immune system and a sound physical body. Dr. Halvorson has worked with Olympic athletes, a World Cup ski racer, and has himself been a top ten triathlete and age group competitor in running and Nordic ski events. He is particularly fond of Chiropractic, as through its care he has avoided three ‘recommended’ surgeries, yet continues to enjoy a mobile, pain free life. His outdoor pursuits include Alpine and backcountry skiing, trail running, Nordic skiing, kayaking, and mountain adventures in Colorado, Asia, and South America. Dr. Halvorson has led a colorful and adventurous life, having travelled the world through 24 countries and many continents; from McMurdo Station, Antarctica to Mt. Denali in Alaska, and from Tibet to Paris. He has also studied and practices yoga, and completed several months’ long meditation retreats. Along the way he has met extraordinary people, cultures and ideals and through these experiences he brings a wealth of knowledge, both studied and experienced, to his unique outlook on healthcare. He marvels at the amazing ability of the human body to perform, recover, change and heal. He is happy to share this knowledge and guide you on your own path towards a productive, mobile, pain free life.