Disc Injury Chiropractor Fort Lauderdale




Are you living with a slipped disc or other disc injury in Fort Lauderdale? A herniated disk is when there is a problem with one of the disks that sit between the individual bones vertebrae that make your spine.

A spinal disk has a soft, jellylike center encased in a tougher, rubbery exterior. Sometimes called a slipped disk or a ruptured disk, a herniated disk occurs when some of the nucleus pushes out through a tear.

A herniated disk can occur in any part of the spine and irritate a nearby nerve. Depending on where the herniated disk is, it can result in pain, numbness or weakness in an arm or leg.



The little pads that lie between your vertebrae are called the intervertebral discs. Your disc's job is to both join and to separate your bones in your spine from one another. These discs act as shock absorbers, so that the bones don’t rub against each other as you move around, carry large objects, and bend over. Without the discs you would be unable to move our upper torso.


Most herniated disks occur in the lower back, but some can also occur in the neck. The signs and symptoms depend on where the disk is located and whether or not the disk is pressing on a nerve. They usually affect one side of the body.

  • Arm or leg pain. You'll typically feel the most pain in your buttocks, thigh and calf  if your herniated disk is in your lower back.. You might have pain in part of the foot, as well. If your herniated disk is in your neck, you'll typically feel the most pain in your shoulder and arm. This pain might shoot into your arm or leg when you cough, sneeze or move into certain positions. The pain is sharp or burning.
  • Numbness or tingling. A herniated disk causes radiating numbness or tingling in the body part served by the affected nerves.
  • Weakness. Muscles that use the affected nerves tend to weaken. This can cause you to stumble, or affect your ability to lift or hold items.


Disk herniation is usually n the result of a gradual, aging-related wear and tear called disk degeneration. As you age, your disks become less flexible and more prone to tearing or rupturing with even a minor strain or twist.

Most people can't exactly explain the cause of their herniated disk. Sometimes, using your back muscles instead of your leg and thigh muscles to lift heavy objects can lead to a herniated disk, as can twisting and turning while lifting. Rarely, a traumatic event such as a fall or a blow to the back is the cause.


Factors that can increase your risk of a herniated disk include:

  • Weight. Excess body weight causes extra stress on the disks in your lower back.
  • Occupation. People with physically demanding jobs have a greater risk of back problems. Repetitive lifting, pulling, pushing, bending sideways and twisting also can increase your risk of a herniated disk.
  • Genetics. Some people inherit a predisposition to developing a herniated disk.
  • Smoking. It's thought that smoking lessens the oxygen supply to the disk, causing it to break down more quickly.

Here are a few of the different kinds of disc injuries that make movements of the upper torso painful and difficult:

  • A protruding disc occurs when the disc becomes asymmetrical and the gel is pushed out or bulging.
  • A herniated disc is when the disc material has ruptured to the point that the gel pushes outward.
  • A disc extrusion is the worst type of disc injury. This is when the gel balloons extensively into the area outside the vertebrae or breaks off from the disc.


Chiropractic care in Fort Lauderdale for disc injuries has a proven track record of providing both short-term pain relief and long-term recovery. A chiropractic treatment involves a thorough assessment of your medical history and x-rays, as well as a physical examination in order to determine the extent of the disc injury and the appropriate treatment.

The approach that is taken will be individually tailored to your specific issue and will always include gentle adjustments to the spine to relieve pressure on the nerves and deal with the pain and discomfort. If you have a disc injury, call our team at the office of Dr. Charles M. Palminteri, DC today to receive a consultation and start on the path to recovery.


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