Slipped Disc Treatments
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Herniation & Slipped Disc Chiropractor in Ajax, Ontario
Herniations or slipped discs are the most common reasons patients visit our clinic. So, if you’re searching for a slipped disc chiropractor or a multi-disciplinary treatment like acupuncture and physical therapy for a herniation problem, Somerset Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre has board-certified, professional chiropractors with decades of experience treating and managing pain in Ajax, Ontario.
What is a Slipped Disc or Herniation?
Your spine comprises about 24 vertebrae, or individual bones that are strong enough to hold your weight. In between those bones is a shock-absorbent plate called the intervertebral disc that not only separates your vertebrae but also helps protect the nerves that run down your spine. They’re filled with a jelly-like substance called the Nucleus pulposus and have an outer ring called the Anulus fibrosus.
So, what exactly is a herniation, and what does it have to do with intervertebral discs?
A herniation, popularly known as a slipped disc, happens when there’s a burst or a “hernia” in an intervertebral disc. That inner, gelatinous substance pushes against the outer ring and causes it to bulge (imagine the inner filling of a donut bulging out of the dough). It compresses the nerves that run down the spine, which causes a considerable amount of pain. It can be related to a natural aging process since our discs weaken as we age, repetitive activities, or an injury.
Common Causes of Herniations
Some of the most common causes of a slipped disc include:
Operating heavy machinery
Signs & Symptoms of a Slipped Disc
The most common symptom of a slipped disc is back pain, but having back pain doesn’t mean you are suffering from a herniation. Not all herniated discs cause symptoms, but they can also cause tingling sensations in your extremities, shoulders, back, and feet, neck pain, and muscle weakness.
When to Visit Our Slipped Disc Chiropractor
Evidence-based medicine has shown that bulging discs tend to decrease in size, which means that herniations are treatable and living pain-free is possible. However, if you suffer from a slipped disc and you experience any of the following, visit our clinic as soon as possible:
Severe pain or a significant increase in pain
More muscle weakness than usual
Your pain isn’t responding to over-the-counter medication