Have You Injured a Disc?

disc injury can be helped by a chiropractor

Have you been told that you have a slipped disc or a disc injury? Slipped or injured discs can vary from slight to severe, but most will require at least some attention from a trained chiropractor. It's important that you understand your condition and what it means for you, and a licensed Wauwatosa WI or Delafield WI chiropractor can help you develop the best treatment option for you.

The little pads that lie between your vertebrae are called the intervertebral discs. Each disc has a tough outer ring and a soft gel-like center, like a jelly doughnut. Your discs both join, separate, and protect your vertebrae from trauma. These discs serve as cushions or shock absorbers so that the bones don’t make contact with each other as you move. Without these discs, we would literally be unable to move our upper torso.

Disc Injury Diagnosis

If you are diagnosed with a protruding disc, it means that the gel has pushed out or is bulging due to injury, and is asymmetrical in different places. This may result in pinching and irritation of the nerve roots at that point, with varying levels of pain.

A herniated disc happens when the disc material ruptures to the point that the gel pushes outward. This can also cause severe pain and numbness due to the irritation of the nerves and can be very serious in many cases.

A disc extrusion is the worst type of disc injury. Essentially, the gel inside the disc balloons into the area outside the vertebrae or breaks off from the disc. This can lead to incredible back pain and can severely limit your range of motion.

If you have any questions about our Wauwatosa WI or Delafield WI locations, or would like to learn more about chiropractic care at Connect Chiropractic, please give us a call.

Treatment Options

If you have injured discs, don't despair, there are options. With proper care, an injured or damaged disc may be restored to health. With a combination of a healthy diet, low impact exercise, and warm and cold compresses, the pain can be lessened or even completely removed.

Unfortunately, in some cases of disc injury surgery may be the only option for treatment. The problem tissue will be removed by the surgery (a discectomy), which will remove the pressure on nearby tissue and nerves. With nearly half of a million discectomies performed each year, this procedure is fairly common and minimally invasive.

A Patient Testimonial

Chiropractic Wauwatosa WI Nate Testimonial

“Having been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease twelve years ago, I have had to live with pain in my neck and lower back for far too long. Physical activity had become very difficult for me, and I had to give up playing golf about 3 or 4 years ago because it was just too painful. I was only able to walk around the block before having to take a break because it hurt too much.

Upon my first visit to Connect Chiropractic, I was pleasantly surprised by how modern the office and equipment were. Not only that, but the staff is great and friendly! Being a bigger person, I was concerned that chiropractic care wouldn’t do me any good, but I decided to give it a chance anyway. I am very glad that I did!

After only one month of care, I was already able to notice less pain in my neck and lower back. I felt more relaxed, stronger, and my ability to move and walk had significantly improved. Now, after just a few months, I am able to walk longer, sleep better, and have no more neck pain. I am looking forward to being able to golf again now that walking is more manageable for me! I would absolutely recommend Dr. Alex to others after experiencing how much he has been able to help me.”

- Nate

If you're suffering from back pain that you believe is caused by a disc injury, call our chiropractic team today at Connect Chiropractic to set up a consultation. The sooner you take control of your health the more options you will have for treatment.