These rings of fibrous tissue have jelly-like centers that act like “ball bearings.” They separate each vertebra, permit the natural curves of the spine and allow us to turn and bend.
Typically, people with disc issues have more pain in the mornings and then the pain decreases a little throughout the day. This is because discs are like sponges, and at night when you’re non-weight bearing, they expand with water, fluid, etc. Once you get upright to start the day, this enlarged disc can press out on the nerves that come off your spine. Then, the more upright you are throughout the day, the discs shrink a little bit as the weight of your body compresses them – thereby taking a little pressure off the nerves.
Chiropractic care offers a natural, non-surgical resolution for many disc problems.
A disc can thin, wedge, protrude or tear, but thankfully they don’t slip! Instead we generally see two types of problems:
Bulging Disc: A weakened area of the ring allows the centers to bulge and put pressure on nearby nerves. Chiropractic care can often eliminate the need for surgery.
Herniated Disc: The herniated or ruptured disc is more serious and commonly seen in the lower back. The disc’s soft center pushes out through an area weakened by trauma or degeneration (this is often referred to as a ‘slipped disc’).
Sometimes surgery IS necessary, but most times Chiropractic care is worth trying before such drastic measures.
Do you know someone facing disc surgery? Be sure to send them our way for a possible all-natural solution, first.
– Dr. Leif Olson