The spine is a remarkable structure containing 24 jointed vertebrae and nine fused bones. These vertebrae and bones are cushioned with cartilage discs to help the spine bend and twist without coming apart. This complex system of tissues is the primary support for your entire body. Since it is involved in almost everything you do, it can be very susceptible to injury.
Due to overuse, stress, or injury, vertebrae can get out of alignment, causing uneven pressure on the discs, resulting in bulging, herniation, extrusion or other disc injury. If you have sustained a disc injury, you usually need professional care in order to heal properly.
A bulging disc occurs when the soft, gel-like center of the disc is pushed out on one side making the disc uneven. When this condition worsens to the point that the gel is pushed out through the tough, outer disc material, it is called a herniated disc.
In severe cases, the pressure on a disc may become so intense that the internal disc material balloons out into the area outside the vertebrae and may even break off the disc altogether. This condition is known as a disc extrusion.
Amazingly, it is possible to have disc injuries and never know about it. If the bulging or herniation does not contact a nerve, you may go through life without symptoms. However, if nerves are affected, severe neck and back pain can result. Most patients with bulging discs experience:
A few of the most common causes of disc injuries include:
For severe cases, it may be impossible to relieve the pain without surgery to repair this disc. However, due to the risks involved in surgery, this should never be your first choice. It is possible to only aggravate the symptoms further due to nerve damage caused during the repair. Gentle, non-invasive chiropractic care focuses on getting your spine back into proper alignment so that your body can heal naturally. We understand all of the nerves that weave their way in and out of the spinal column, so we can help pinpoint the problem and treat it promptly with amazing results. To heal any spine damage in the Tulsa area, contact Travis Chiropractic today.
When a patient comes in with symptoms of disc injury, we start with a medical history and physical to learn about underlying risks and conditions. We combine this information with state of the art testing to explore the spine and the nerves for signs of damage. Then we can put together a treatment plan specifically for you.
If you are concerned you may have a disc injury, Travis Chiropractic is ready to help. We can help you understand where your symptoms are coming from and what it will take to improve, then design specialized treatment plans to get you back to health!
Call 918-224-2225 today to schedule your free consultation!