As chiropractors we find that many of our patients use the term ‘slipped disc’ to describe their injuries. What follows is an explanation of what ‘slipped disc’ most likely means.
What is a slipped disc?
That is certainly a good question because in fact, a disc cannot slip out anywhere! To better help understand exactly what we mean, it may be better to first understand the disc itself. The discs are the shock absorbers of the spine that lie between the bones, which are called vertebrae. The discs themselves consist of two different layers of cartilage. It has a very tough outer layer of cartilage known as the annulus fibrosis and a soft, jelly-like material in the middle known as the nucleus pulposis. A great analogy for a spinal disc is to think of it like a jam donut. It has a that very tough outer layer of bread and a thinner jam-like fluid in the middle.The discs themselves are very firmly attached to the vertebrae via the very tough outer layer of cartilage both above and below them throughout the spine. As a result, the discs cannot slip in or out between the vertebrae. It’s a common misconception that the disc has the ability the slip in and out. However in reality, the disc isn’t able to slip anywhere. What can happen to the discs are other various types of disc injuries such as herniated disc or bulging disc. It’s likely that when you hear the term ‘slipped disc,’ it’s in reference to one of these disc injuries.For further explanations on disc injuries, their signs and symptoms and what causes them, please follows the links on this page or refer to the conditions tab.
How can Spinecare Chiropractors help with slipped discs?
Chiropractic care has consistently been shown to be effective in reducing the pain and disability of disc injuries in the short and long term, by addressing the overall biomechanical function of the spine and pelvis.Spinecare’s Adelaide chiropractors can initially help by providing a thorough spinal examination to determine the cause and possible type of disc injury in Your Initial Consultation. Once the cause and possible disc problem is determined, our Adelaide chiropractor’s will sit down and explain your findings so that you know exactly how we can help you in Your Report of Findings.Our chiropractor’s will recommend a course of care if appropriate and outline their expectations before beginning any treatment. Spinecare Chiropractic prides itself on providing safe, professional and painless treatment for disc related pain relief. As well as our work in the clinic, our chiropractors may also provide advice, stretches or exercises that may speed up your recovery and reduce the chance of future relapses.