What Are Disc Disorders?
Discs are the small, round, gel-filled sections of soft cartilage that enclose the vertebral joints of the body. Discs are located all throughout the spine and musculoskeletal structure. They help to protect the joints and provide cushioning to prevent bones from rubbing against one another, which can cause erosion. When these discs experience a rupture or become damaged, the gel-like fluid leaks out and causes pressure on the surrounding nerves. This typically results in pain, discomfort and a breakdown in physical performance in the related body parts. Below are the different types of disc disorders.
As the name implies, this type of disc disorder is due to the age-related wear and tear of the disc. Degenerative Disc Disorder may cause joint stiffness, pain and limited range of motion in the related body parts. The condition can’t be reversed but proper treatment can help to relieve pain and restore mobility.
A herniated disc occurs when the soft, gel-like fluid in the center of the disc leaks out due to a rupture. This may cause nerve pressure and pinching which usually results in pain, weakness or a numb feeling in the associated limbs. Herniations can be healed with proper treatment, which may include physical therapy or a variety of spinal adjustments.
A slipped disc is basically the same thing as a herniated disc. It most commonly occurs in the lower lumbar region of the back when one of the nerves of the spinal column becomes compressed. This compression causes numbness and pain and often results in conditions such as sciatica.
Bulging discs, unlike herniated discs, do not involve a rupture in the tough cartilage between joints. Bulging discs only affect the outer disc, not the soft center. A bulging disc is basically a swelling of the outer cartilage and it is somewhat more common that a herniated disc. It is also less painful than a herniation.
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At our Colorado Springs Chiropractic office, we offer chiro adjustments and services that are designed to alleviate pain as quickly as possible. We know that addressing your discomfort first will help us more easily discover the underlying cause of the problem. We use our adjustments as the first point of contact and then we work toward creating a treatment plan that serves to physically strengthen the body and create habits that will help to prevent future occurrences of the problems.
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