Ouch back pain…but is it a slipped disc?
What is a Slipped or Bulging Disc?
The term slipped disc refers to an injury to the intervertebral disc. Often, the terms slipped disc and bulging disc are used interchangeably. They both generally refer to any displacement or partial protrusion of the intervertebral disc. This is different to a herniated disc, where there is a tear or rupture in the outer disc wall, with parts of the inner ‘gel’ leaking into the spinal canal. The disc doesn’t really ‘slip’, rather it usually bulges in one direction.
Can Chiropractic Help Treat Cases of Slipped Disc?
In some cases, yes. Different types of manual therapy may be recommended as an initial, conservative approach to treatment, including chiropractic care. In some cases, you may be advised to start a course of conservative treatment which may include the following options:
- Ice therapy (to reduce inflammation and manage pain)
- Manual therapy (chiropractic, physiotherapy, exercise, stretching)
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Prevention of future cases of disc injury
Do You Need Help With A Disc Injury in Parramatta?
Are you experiencing lower back pain due to a disc injury? Would you like to know more about disc herniation and how chiropractic may help? Here at New World Chiro, Parramatta, we frequently help patients with disc injury complaints. In some cases chiropractic may be more effective than epidural injections for the treatment for disc herniation.
Anatomy of Your Intervertebral Discs
There are 24 intervertebral discs in the human spine. Each disc forms a fibrocartilaginous joint (as shown in clear) to allow slight movement of the vertebrae, holding each vertebrae in place. The disc consists of several layers including an outer fibrous ring, several inner layers and an inner gel-like centre.
Additionally, each disc acts as a shock absorber between each vertebrae with the nucleus being able to distribute hydraulic pressure in all directions within each intervertebral disc under compressive loads.
They also help protect the spinal cord, running down the middle of the spine, with nerves existing between the discs (yellow).
Chiropractic is a non-surgical treatment that may help in cases of bulging discs. Even if you have lower back pain or a specific problem spot, chiropractors may assess your entire spine to see how well it is functioning. What happens in one part of your spine may affect what happens along another part of your spine.
Chiropractors may be able to assist in treating symptoms of pain associated with a bulging disc and may provide recommendations that include exercise, posture and movement, ice therapy and other physical modalities.
In some cases, a pain specialist or spine surgeon may be better positioned to treat certain cases of bulging discs.
Contact Us Today
It’s never too late to take better care of your spine and nervous system. To book a chiropractic consultation at New World Chiro please phone or email us today.