Posted by: admin in Articles on April 8th, 2011

Spinal discs are blamed for many painful conditions, but if it were not for these vital intervertebral “pads,” we could not move about with the ease and flexibility that we do.  The term “slipped disc” is really a misnomer.  Discs are firmly attached to the vertebrae above and below and cannot slip but may become bulged due to misalignment of one or both of their neighboring vertebrae.

A common cause of such bulging and one that can cause indescribable pain is a sudden injury to the spine from a fall, an auto accident, whiplash, strain from lifting, or a blow to the neck or back area. The effects of disc injuries may be very extensive and painfully distressing.  There may be limited motion with severe symptoms or even organic dysfunction resulting from pressure on the nerves that pass between the vertebrae and are adjacent to the disc, thus altering nerve supply to organs and parts of the body located away from the spine itself.

Discs are cushions.  With the exception of the first two bones of the neck, there is one between each two vertebrae (bones) of the spinal column.  They are the spine’s shock absorbers, and when they are healthy, they do a magnificent job.  Abnormal discs can compress nerves and cause pain.  When they bulge due to weakness along with misalignment of the vertebra above and below them, they may press upon the spinal cord or nerves, thus producing pain.  Any kind of persistent back or neck pain indicates a serious health problem.  Like your teeth or almost any other part of your  body, your vertebrae and spinal discs may be in trouble long before you experience pain or discomfort.

True herniation or rupturing of a disc is quite rare.  Back conditions thought to be ruptured are really the result of a bulging disc due to a spinal misalignment called a “subluxation.”  When such misalignment is corrected by chiropractic methods, the disc can return to its original, natural position and resume its normal function, relieving the nerve pressure and accompanying pain.  In severe cases, a disc can actually rupture causing extreme pain.  Causes could be from tremendous traumatic force from a fall from a high level or severe auto accident, or a pathological weakness of the disc, resulting from prolonged altered nerve supply to the surrounding area, possibly from a subluxation and pathological weakness coupled with trauma.  When a pathological weakness is present, complete recovery is not posssible until the disc can regain its natural and normal toughness.  Such pathological weakness is usually preventable or correctable through proper chiropractic care of the vertebrae and discs.

While medical diagnosis uses “slipped disc” as a cover name for most back problems, including those few true ruptured discs, a false impression is given that most all back problems are due to disc problems.  This simply is not true and statistics and results prove it.  The fact is that most back problems, including disc involvement, can be corrected through specific application of chiropractic spinal adjustment.

No individuals, including those under our active care, should use the information, resources or tools contained within to self-diagnose or self-treat any health-related condition. Diagnosis and treatment of all health conditions should only be performed by the doctor or other licensed health care professional.
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