Your spinal column is made up of a series of vertebrae that are surrounded by discs that protect the bones. These discs absorb shocks from day-to-day activities like walking. A slipped disc, also known as a herniated disc or bulging disc, occurs when the exterior of the disc cracks pushing out the nucleus, a gel-like material. This rupture is then in contact with the nerves in the spine, causing pain, numbness, or a host of other symptoms. Herniated discs are often in the early stages of degradation; a poor diet, smoking, and not exercising regularly can all contribute to increasing the risk of disc degradation. The discs are further stressed by daily wear and tear, bad posture, or injury, stressing the disc further to the point of rupture.
Book here an appointment at Fit and Healthy Chiropractic for treatment of a slipped disc online and receive 20£ off.
Symptoms of a slipped disc
While some cases of slipped or bulged discs can go unidentified for years with little or no pain, it’s more common to feel pain or discomfort around the immediate area of rupture, which usually is the lower back. A herniated disc can occur anywhere along the spine, from the neck to the lower back; however, the most common is in the lower back. Pain is often felt radiating across the hips, into the buttocks, and even radiating down the legs or feet. In addition, the painful symptoms of a slipped disc often worsen with specific movements from sitting, standing, or walking short distances. The excellent news is chiropractors are highly trained to help through manipulation to reduce pain and promote healing.
Treatment for slipped disc
In very severe cases, surgery could be required; however, for most, chiropractic treatment is the best route to recovery for bulged discs. Slipped disc chiropractic treatment realigns the spine, allowing a standard range of movement with no pain. After initial tests to assess the severity of your symptoms, a personal treatment plan will be made. The spinal adjustment reduces inflammation, allowing the reabsorption of the herniated fluid. As a result, immediate relief will be felt from the symptoms of your slipped disc. However, it will take a few weeks to resolve the problem entirely.
Slipped disc chiropractor
Slipped disc treatment with your chiropractor near Southampton and Ferndown can also help you avoid disc problems by identifying your risk factors, highlighting environmental changes like a diet that are needed, and creating your individualised plan to help you reduce the chance of reoccurrence.
Fit and Healthy Chiropractic
Armed with your personalised treatment plan for your herniated disc, if your symptoms do not improve with chiropractic care techniques, your chiropractor may recommend and co-manage your condition with a pain management specialist and/or a spine surgeon.