Disk Injury

Dr Frank Yanik Specializing in whiplash and Chiropractic Services

Is a disk Injury bothering you?

Does your back hurt? Has it been bothering you for a long time, and you feel it may be the result of a disc problem? Or, do you know for a fact that you have a disc injury already? In either case, scheduling an appointment with a chiropractor could be in your best interests.

Pain needs to be handled right away, even if it is not that intense yet. If you simply let it go, you could have bigger problems down the road. The information that follows will outline common symptoms associated with disc injuries. It is not meant to be a diagnostic tool, but it can help you understand what may be causing your problems. In addition, it outlines how a chiropractor may be able to help you feel better and help you heal.

What Are Your Intervertebral Discs?

Between your vertebrae are small pads known as intervertebral discs. They are made up of a soft, squishy center and a hard exterior ring. Their function is to push your vertebrae apart from each other and also to join them together. When you are active, they keep the bones from coming into contact with one another. If you did not have intervertebral discs, you would not be able to do anything with your upper torso.

There are a few things that can happen to your discs that can cause discomfort. For example, when the disc is not symmetrical, and the squishy center is not properly in place, that is known as a protruding disc. When the soft interior gel is coming out, and the disc material is fractured, that is known as a herniated disc. While both of these are painful, a disc extrusion is the most serious condition. The interior gel from the disc either separates from the disc entirely or collects outside of the vertebrae.

Could You Have A Disc Injury?

When one of the above conditions occurs, the person experiencing the issue often has a lot of pain. They may not be able to move as well because the nerve roots are affected. They may also feel some numbness. There are several signs and symptoms that point to a disc injury. These include neck discomfort and back pain. The sufferer may have trouble with bowel or bladder control. The foot or leg may experience tingling, numbness or even pain. Finally, the feet and legs may not be as strong as they usually are.

Visiting A Chiropractor

If you have a disc injury, a chiropractor may be able to help. He or she can often alleviate your initial discomfort and also help you moving forward. When you go in to see the chiropractor, you initially discuss your medical history. You undergo x-rays and an examination to see what is happening with your discs and what the treatment plan should be.

That plan will vary depending on what is going on with you and what you need. However, you can expect to get a gentle spine adjustment to help ease the pressure on your nerves. These adjustments will also help with the pain. If you are suffering from a disc injury, get in contact with us as soon as possible so we can help you heal.