Disc Injuries & Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care for disc injuries consists of a series of chiropractic adjustments in combination with lifestyle modifications, at home exercises and postural exercises. Chiropractic treatment for disc injuries aims to restore function and address the underlying cause of the disc injuries.
The first step in treating a disc injury is to identify the cause of the problem. This is achieved through a thorough functional, neurological and orthopedic assessment. If further information is required to determine the underlying cause of the issue you will be referred for x-rays, CT or MRI scans. Next, your chiropractor will rule out any underlying pathology and determine if chiropractic is safe and right for you.
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What is a Disc Injury?
Discs sit between the vertebrae and act as shock absorbers allowing for the comfortable movement of the neck and spine that we take for granted every day. Disc injuries are very common and are often referred to as a herniated disc, pinched nerve or slipped disc.
Disc injuries can vary from tears to the structure or herniation. When a disc tears or herniates, the jelly like centre contained in the tough outer shell of the disc can ooze out. This can cause pain when the centre comes into contact with other structures or nearby spinal nerves.
What Causes A Disc Injury?
Disc injuries are most likely to occur gradually due to cumulative strain from repetitive bending, lifting, twisting or prolonged sitting over time. Also poor spinal function leading to spinal imbalance and poor functional movement over many years predisposes you to disc injuries as it decreases the ability of the discs to absorb shock.
There are a range of risk factors that can increase the chances of a disc injury including obesity, lack of exercise, incorrect lifting techniques and poor posture. However, often there is no risk factor present in patients who suffer from disc injuries.
What Are The Symptoms of a Disc Injury?
Symptoms of disc injuries vary with the location and severity of the injury, however, many people will have no symptoms.
A torn or herniated disc can cause pressure on both the spinal cord and nerves causing symptoms such as:
- Loss of strength
- Bowel and bladder changes
- Back pain
- Pain when bending or sitting
- Pain when sneezing or coughing
- Numbness or pins and needles in the arm or leg
- Referral of pain down one or both legs
If you think you may have a disc injury contact your local Brisbane chiropractor at Back To Front Chiropractic. Call 07 3393 2201 and take advantage of our new patient offer today.
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