To properly treat spinal disc damage, it’s important to understand the correct approach to use when addressing such conditions.
Spinal discs appear as spongy pads that are extremely fragile and are located between the vertebrae within your spinal column.
Each spinal disc (also referred to as intervertebral discs) lives as a flat, circular capsule that is about an inch in diameter and approximately one-quarter inch wide.
The primary purpose of your spinal discs is to absorb the impact and shock your spine is exposed to through the type of basic movement that naturally takes place each day.
Spinal Disc Degeneration
When you were a child, your spinal discs were made up as fluid-filled sacs that begin to solidify as you grow older.
By the time that you reach adulthood, the blood supply that transfers to your discs come to an immediate halt, causing the soft inner materials to condense and harden.
Once you reach your 40s, your discs become so tight that they appear like small pieces of hard rubber.
It is because of this state that adults over the age of 40 are more susceptible to disc injury and degeneration.
Spinal Disc Damage
Spinal discs are set between your vertebrae and are maintained by specific ligaments that connect your spinal bones to the surrounding muscles.
When you notice or experience a “bulging” herniated disc, it is because fluid has been able to seep out of a crack located within the exterior portion of your spine.
This type of environment can irritate the nerves that surround your spine, causing severe pain and numbness in your arms or legs.
Unfortunately, most patients who suffer from herniated discs aren’t aware of their condition because symptoms are often subtle or completely non-existent.
Two Types of Herniated Discs
There are two different types of herniated discs Chiropractors treat:
Protrusions develop when your disc bulges, while prolapsed discs refer to bulges that protrude so much, they become completely separated from the rest of the discs.
Spain Disc Damage: Signs and Symptoms
If you notice the following symptoms that are often associated with damaged discs, make sure to call our office right away for immediate treatment:
- Shoulder pain
- Neck pain
- Tenderness within your spine
- Stiffness of your spine
- Leg pain
- Foot pain
Treating Damaged Spinal Discs with Chiropractic Care
The concept of Chiropractic care is extremely safe and effective for treating bulging or herniated discs.
The Chiropractors at AICA Tucker can provide you with a thorough examination that utilizes state-of-the-art technology like X-Ray scans to diagnose the cause of your condition.
From here, the Chiropractor can develop a custom treatment solution that directly aligns with the unique characteristics of your body, your medical history, and your herniated or bulging disc.
Depending on the extent of your condition, your Chiropractor may recommend the use of an MRI to prescribe the most appropriate treatment plan that is complimented with deep tissue .
You can learn more about herniated discs and various treatment options by calling our Tucker office at 404-592-1186 to schedule an immediate appointment.