Nearly every adult today has experienced some form of back pain in their lifetime. Whether the pain was caused by lifting something awkwardly or from strenuous activity. More often than not this pain will subside after a period of rest, if it is purely muscular pain. However, spinal disc injuries cause more of an extreme pain and are usually described in many different ways. The pain experienced by a spinal disc injury has also been compared to the pain of child birth. The understanding of what the discs in our back do and how they work are extremely important in treating spinal disc injuries.
What is the purpose of Spinal Discs?
Situated in between our vertebrae are pads called the intervertebral discs. These discs contain a gel-like soft center and a stronger outer shell. They are attached to our vertebrae and act as separators. These discs are extremely effective shock-absorbers which offer a guard to prevent the bones rubbing against each other when we move. The discs in our spine keep it strong and supple.
A protruding disc occurs when the gel in the disc begins to push out against the ligamentous wall of the disc, but does not compromise or tear the wall. Two thirds of pain free adults have one or more protuding discs within their spine. A herniated disc is when the gel in the disc pushes out and starts to tear through the first layers of the ligamentous wall. This movement of gel can cause irritation of the nerve, inflammation and often severe pain.
One of the more serious conditions is called disc extrusion, sometimes known as a ruptured disc. This occurs when the gel of the disc breaks all the way through the ligamentous wall. When this gel leaks out of the disc it can cause extreme back pain and significantly reduced movement.
You Don’t Need Surgery to Recover From a Spinal Disc Injury
If you are suffering from a spinal disc injury or just back pain in general, then come and visit our team and see what Chiropractic care can do for you. Our team will help to alleviate your pain and get you back on track to leading a healthy, pain-free lifestyle!
For Your Health,
Dr. Scott Van Dam