The intervertebral disc consists of a tough and fibrous outer layer called the annulus, which surrounds an inner gel layer called the nucleus pulpous. (See diagram above)
Slipped disc or disc herniation is a spinal condition involving a tear at the outer annulus layer , thus causing
The ‘displacement’ of the inner gel material can irritates on surrounding spinal structures such as the spinal nerve, as well as triggering excessive inflammatory response, resulting as severe disability.
Disc herniation can affect any segment of our spinal column. Segments that are commonly involved in the cervical spine are the C5/C6 and C7/T1 level, whereas the L4/L5 and L5/S1 levels are commonly implicated in the lumbar region.
Disc herniation can be caused by various factors that cause excessive pressure on the disc such as long-term wear and tear, sudden impact, improper lifting or prolonged sitting. For example, improper lifiting technique can result in a load as high as 5x the weight of our body on our low back.
Depending on the extent of the herniation, patients with slipped disc may experience:
• Severe, shooting pain with radiation into limbs.
• Numbness or muscle weakness into limbs.
• Restricted and painful movement.
• Pain with prolonged sitting.
Chiropractors are well trained to manage disc herniation in a drug-free, safe and effective manner. Treatments would usually involve gentle manipulation/mobilisation of the spine to restore functions of the joints, trigger point therapy to relax the tightened muscles, kinesiotaping and exercise therapy to reduce the inflammatory irritation and promote healing.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with disc herniation, please do not hesitate to come in for an examination at Spearwood Chiropractic. Call us on (08) 94183722 to make an appointment.
Spearwood Chiropractic strives to allow our patients to live a pain-free life by providing drug-free, effective and affordable care for joints and muscular issues for all ages.
Some common conditions our chiropractor treats are low back pain, neck pain, headache, sporting injuries, postural issues, nerve entrapment, general joint and muscle ache (jaw, shoulder, wrist, elbow, hip, knee, ankle and foot).
Private health insurance rebates are available at Spearwood Chiropractic. The amount of coverage varies so please refer to your insurer for your level of rebate.
Located in Spearwood, we service the surrounding suburbs of Coogee, Fremantle, Hamilton Hill, Beeliar, Success, Hammond Park, Aubin Grove, Bibra Lake, South Lake, Cockburn Central, Munster and Yangebup. To book an appointment, call us now on (08) 94183722.