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