Many of you have heard of “Slipped Discs”. In reality, the discs in your vertebrae cannot slip. This term is misused and actually refers to two different disc injuries: Bulging Discs and Herniated Discs. A bulging disc is one that is injured, but not broken open. Left untreated, it can turn into a herniated or ruptured disc. Herniated discs are the most common condition where you hear the stories of back surgery and all the impact it can have on an active lifestyle.
Disc Degeneration and Disc Injuries can cause a wide-variety of pain throughout the body, and often gets worse with movements such as bending over, reaching up, or twisting. The discs separate your vertebrae by acting as soft, compressible, “shock” absorbers within the spine, and can flare up in a number of widespread ways.
An affected disc in the neck area may result in neck or arm pain, while an affected disc in the lower back may result in pain in the back or down your leg. A bulging disc can irritate the sciatic nerve and cause pain, tingling, or numbness through the extensions of the nerve throughout the lower back and lower body. Some patients compare the pain to that of a burning sensation.
Contact your Physician today to have a vertebrae screening and look at potential treatments and therapies that can relieve the pain you are experiencing, and prevent future damage from occurring that could even lead to surgery. Many times, a simple adjustment can potentially unlock your stiffened spine and joints, freeing you from pain.
In more severe cases, a synergistic, non-surgical spinal decompression therapy effectively relieves the pain, and is available at Wesley Chapel. We look forward to helping you return to an active, healthy lifestyle!