Posted on 03-22-2017
Have you been experience pain or numbness on one side of your body? Does it worsen at night, or after sitting or standing? Do you have unexplained muscle weakness, or a tingling or burning sensation in one section of your back or neck? You may be suffering from a slipped disc.
What does that mean?
Your spine, extending from your neck down to your tail bone, is made out of individually articulated bones, called vertebrae. Your vertebrae are suspended along your spinal column by cushions, known as discs. These discs are comprised of two sections: a harder outer ring, and a softer inner ring. When the soft inner ring protrudes into the outer ring, you experience what is colloquially known as a “slipped” disc, although the technical term is a “herniated disc.” Your disc is not actually going anywhere, or “slipping.” Instead, the inner portion of the disc is intruding outward. While this may sound like a small problem, and is in most cases not hugely serious, it can cause pain, and in some cases numbness if it is intruding upon a spinal nerve, and can require surgery in particularly serious cases.
Why do they happen?
There are a number of reasons why a disc can become herniated, although most of the causes come down to unusual strain being placed on your spine. If you have incorrectly lifted a heavy object recently, the strain may have caused your disc to herniate. Those who have a more sedentary lifestyle, or who are overweight, place themselves at greater risk of herniated discs. Also, as you age, herniated discs become more common, as the water content within the discs begins to lessen, making them less protected.
What do I do now?
The treatment for a slipped disc is dependent upon the severity of the herniation. For a very mild case, avoiding heavy lifting and taking standard over-the-counter pain medication can help with discomfort. For non-severe slipped discs, we recommend seeing a physical therapist or chiropractor, like the professionals at Pelphrey Chiropractic, who will help you get the disc back in place. In very severe instances, surgery may be necessary, so make sure that you see a doctor as soon as you think you may have a herniated disc.
If you think you may have a slipped disc, know you have one, or want a second opinion, come visit Pelphrey Chiropractic’s office in Lexington, Kentucky today to start feeling like yourself again.
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