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The discs of the spine, also known as intervertebral discs are what separate the bones (vertebrae) of the spine. When degenerated or injured, intervertebral discs can bulge and herniate. This can put direct pressure on spinal nerves, the spinal cord, and nerves in the outer disc. The resulting pressure on the nerves and/or the spinal cord can cause numbness/tingling, weakness, and neck pain, upper back pain, shoulder pain, arm pain, hand pain, low back pain, hip pain, groin pain, leg pain, and foot pain. Look no further for treatment of this pain. Broadway Chiropractic has been helping residents of the Denver area for almost two decades, and we are here to help you.
How does this happen?
Disc herniations commonly happen in trauma or in degenerating discs. Intervertebral disc lose a lot of their blood supply when we are in our early twenties. The discs rely upon normal motion of the spine which imbibes nutrients or hydrates the disc so they remain thick and healthy. If this does not occur, the disc will start to dehydrate and degenerate. As the disc breaks down it becomes weaker and more susceptible to injury.
Types of disc injury
Disc injuries can include bulges or swelling of the disc and herniations or cracking and tearing of the disc. There are several varying degrees of severity of disc herniations. The disc can have a small amount of tearing all the way to a complete rupture of its soft gelatinous content also known as herniated nucleus pulposus.
How we can help
Most disc injuries can be taken care of conservatively and spine surgery can be avoided. The first thing that we do is determine which disc or discs are involved and how severe the injury. Then, we gently start restoring normal motion back in the spine so that we can start to rehydrate the disc and take stress off of the injured area. As the disc starts to heal and pressure comes off of the nerves, the pain and/ or numbness will go away. Last, we make sure that the disc heals with normal motion restored to the spine so that this never happens again.
If you are suffering with a disc herniation and want to get rid of the pain so you can sleep again and work pain free, call us. we can help.