A slipped disc, which may also be called a herniated disc, occurs when an intervertebral disc in the back becomes damaged. The soft center of the disc protrudes, which may press on nearby nerves and cause pain.
Some of the most common symptoms of a slipped disc include pain in the affected area, numbness, tingling, and weakness. The symptoms are most common in the legs and arms. However, they may occur in other parts of the body as well, depending on the location of the disc. Symptoms of a slipped disc may worsen over time if the patient doesn’t receive treatment.
In many cases, slipped discs occur because of the normal wear and tear that affects the discs in the back over time. In other cases, a slipped disc may develop after an injury, such as a fall. Slipped discs are a common occurrence, especially among older adults that bend, lift, or perform other repetitive actions.
In many cases, Circle City Chiropractic can diagnose a slipped disc based on the patient's symptoms. However, additional testing may be required to rule out other causes of pain and/or determine the extent of the damage in the spine.
Once the doctor has confirmed the presence of a slipped disc, they develop a customized treatment program to address the patient's unique condition.
Circle City Chiropractic develops customized treatment programs for every patient who comes in with a slipped disc. The goal of treatment isn't only to alleviate the pain, but also to improve stability in the back and prevent future damage. Some of the treatments Circle City Chiropractic may recommend for patients with slipped discs include spinal adjustments to resolve issues with alignment, massage therapy to relieve sore muscles, and corrective exercises to improve strength and stability.
Many patients with slipped discs will also benefit from our DRS Protocol™, which includes a non-surgical form of spinal decompression that reduces pressure in the spine and encourages healing. This treatment provides gradual reduction of disc compression, and is used along with other forms of adjustive therapy to provide pain relief and increased mobility to back pain sufferers.