Disc Problems

Disc Problems

disc_problemsDiscs are the body’s way of cushioning the spinal cord and absorbing shock. They sit between and are attached to the vertebrae and consist of a cartilaginous membrane filled with a jelly-like material. This accommodates normal, fluid motion of the spinal cord.

Inflammation, pain and dysfunction can result when a disc is damaged by a rupture or compression injury, or when the disc is inadequately nourished by joint fluids. A desiccated disc no longer provides adequate shock absorption for the spinal column, leading to further pain and injury. Nerves and other soft tissue may be affected. Bones may fuse together where there should be spaces.

The pain of injured discs can be very debilitating, making it difficult to work or engage in daily and recreational activities.

Typical Treatments are Invasive

Surgical solutions for ruptured, herniated or bulging discs often involve trimming damaged tissue but don’t replace the cushioning function. Sometimes vertebrae will need to be fused together. Recovery time varies and the patient’s activities can end up severely limited.

Chiropractic Care Allows the Body to Heal Itself

Chiropractic treatment can prevent many disc problems from happening in the first place by maintaining the spine’s proper alignment so that discs are not unduly compromised.

When damage has already occurred, chiropractic techniques can provide space for the discs and other involved soft tissues to heal and for inflammation to subside. In some cases, with time, the need for surgery can be eliminated.

If you are worried about the health of your back, Dr. Van Amberg can discuss ways to prevent or alleviate painful disc conditions.