Bulging, Herniated and Slipped Disc Injury Pain Relief Treatment with Your Denver ChiropractorBack pain from a bulging or herniated disc can hurt like few other types of injury. The pain can strike from the neck and upper back to the lower back and extremities. Although “slipped disc” is a misnomer, it’s a common name for a range of disc injuries. Schedule an appointment today with your Denver chiropractor Dr. Scott Evans for effective, drug-free disc injury treatment.
Types of Disc Injury
The intervertebral discs absorb shocks between vertebrae in your neck, upper, middle and lower back. The tough outer membrane is securely attached to the vertebrae on either side. The inner disc nucleus is a gelatinous substance allowing you to bend and twist your spine. Disc injury variations include:
- Protruding or bulging disc—Uneven pressure can weaken the membrane, causing a bulging or protruding bump on the disc. Bulging discs may not hurt initially—many people have them without realizing it.
- Herniated disc—Also called a “slipped disc”, the outer membrane splits, allowing the nucleus to slip out, pinching nerves.
Spinal Disc Injury Causes
Several things can cause disc injury, but they generally fall into these categories:
- Poor posture—Years of slouching in your car or at work or hanging your head over a mobile device, etc. squeezes discs unevenly, causing them to bulge and eventually herniate. A protruding disc can suddenly herniate when you sneeze, bend over, lift a heavy object, or twist around to grab something.
- Sudden injury—A sports or car accident can suddenly put enough stress on even healthy discs to cause injury.
- Pregnancy—The physical and hormonal changes of pregnancy can also lead to disc injury, especially for pregnant women who may have had bulging discs they were not aware of.
Chiropractic Care Provides Bulging and Herniated Disc Injury Pain Relief
Painkillers cannot resolve a bulging or herniated disc injury, and they only provide temporary pain relief; and back surgery frequently causes more complications and long recovery times. Chiropractic care, however, can gently and effectively resolve bulging and herniated disc injury and bring welcome pain relief by correcting the spinal misalignments and soft tissue injuries that caused the injury in the first place.
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Disc Injury Pain Q&A
What causes back pain?
Back pain is among the most common issues that brings patients to VIDA Chiropractic Studio. That’s not surprising given that at any time 60% to 80% of American adults suffer from back pain, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH). The majority of back pain involves the lower, or lumbar, back. Pain can come on suddenly, the result of turning abruptly or trauma caused by an accident or while lifting something heavy. It can also develop gradually as part of the wear and tear that coincides with aging, or repetitive stress incurred on the job or by participating in certain sports, such as weight-lifting or gymnastics. Back pain can also be associated with arthritis and/or scoliosis.
What is Dr. Evans’ approach to alleviating back pain?
Dr. Evans first takes a detailed history and conducts a thorough physical exam, that will likely include x-rays, to diagnose the cause of the pain. Once he establishes that, Dr. Evans devises a personalized program that will include one or more of the following modalities:
- Specific spinal adjustments.
- At home exercise programs to improve flexibility and strengthen core and back muscles.
- Nutrition and diet counseling.
- A posture assessment and/or ergonomic recommendations.
What tips can Dr. Evans offer for preventing back pain?
Dr. Evans is a major advocate of preventive measures and offers the following tips for avoiding back pain.
- Maintain a healthy weight. Excessive weight puts extra stress on the back.
- Remain active.
- Properly warm up before exercising or participating in sports.
- Establish and maintain good posture, both while sitting and standing.
- Avoid, shoes that fit poorly, along with high heels.
- Sleep on a mattress with adequate support.
- Rely on leg muscles, not back muscles, when lifting heavy items.
- Make sure that your work space is ergonomic.
What is an x-ray motion study?
A motion x-ray is a valuable tool at VIDA Chiropractic Studio. It is a specialized x-ray system which uses technology to enable Dr. Evans to view a patient’s spine in motion. The procedure is conducted with the patient standing and moving in a weight bearing position, as x-rays are taken. Even more important is how an x-ray motion study allows the patient to easily and objectively identify exactly where their problems are with relation to their spine.