A slipped disc is the common term for a prolapsed or herniated spinal disc. These discs are set in position between the vertebrae and do not “slip”. Instead, the disc’s outer, fibrous ring tears, thereby allowing the soft, inner portion to extrude through the tear and press against the spinal nerves. Inflammatory chemicals may also be released as a result of the tear and may cause significant, long-term pain.
What Causes Slipped Disc?
A slipped disc is often caused simply by daily wear and tear on the spine. Particularly at risk are people with repetitious jobs that involve heavy use of the back. It also may be caused by an injury. Pain from a slipped disc is sometimes the result of pinched nerves that are crowded by the leaking nucleus of a ruptured disc. Pain can gradually build over time, or pain may occur suddenly when something as simple as picking a shoe up off the floor aggravates the weak disc.
How to Relieve Slipped Disc Naturally
As with most conditions, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Regular visits to your chiropractor can help nip any subluxation in the bud so that it does not lead to a slipped disc. Engage in regular exercise, avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time, maintain good posture, lift using the proper technique and drink plenty of water (so your discs stay well-hydrated). If you look after your general health and fitness, you will significantly reduce the likelihood of a slipped disc.
Treatments for a slipped disc can range from physical therapy, to anti-inflammatory medication, to cortisone shots to surgery. Because back surgery is extremely invasive, and because surgery is not always totally successful in correcting the problem, it would be wise to seek out the services of a doctor of chiropractic first. Before resorting to a surgical approach, it just makes good sense to try a more conservative procedure.
Chiropractic is one of the most cost effective and safest form of care for Slipped Disc pain. Clinical evidence suggests that chiropractic is more effective in dealing with Slipped Disc pain than other more common medical treatments.
Chiropractic adjustments free the nervous system to communicate effectively so that the body can self-heal and self-regulate.