If you have lower back pain that keeps recurring, or your low back pain extends further down your leg and in to your foot. Perhaps its an indication that you have a slipped disc. Also known as a herniated disc, the pain caused by this condition can be severe.
Pain Caused by a Herniated Disc
Having a slipped disc can be very unpleasant. However in some cases, symptoms will die down in 6 weeks or less. This holds true in about 90% of herniated disc occurrences.
If your disc pain lasts longer than 6 weeks, or keeps coming back over a period of several months or years. This can be a sign that it may not go away on its own. Other treatment options, including gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment, should then be considered.
What Leads To Discs to Slip?
Your spine is composed of a chain of bones known as the vertebrae. The front section 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, named the nucleus pulposus.
These discs are what permit the spine to be flexible and let us lean forward or turn our upper body from side to side. Our discs also soak up shocks that are transferred to the spine while running or jumping, for example.
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 whole.
- 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 one of the most serious kind of slipped disk. In this instance, the spinal disc tissue has entered into the spinal canal and is no longer directly connected to the disc.
Treatment of Herniated Discs
While herniated discs may be extremely painful, most people suffering from a slipped disc can receive relief through gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression therapy.
If you are experiencing recurrent disc pain and you believe you may have a slipped disc, you should absolutely consider seeking treatment from one of our medical professionals. By gently manipulating the spine so that it resumes its normal state, our team of spinal disc specialists can help relieve the pressure caused by your slipped disc. This can provide instant relief to your back pain.
If you or somebody you know is experiencing disc pain as the result of a slipped disc, contact us right now for your free examination. Our expert spinal disc doctors can tell you if gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment is a good option for treating your pain.
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