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What is a Herniated Disc? All about spinal discs and treatment options

Herniated Discs & Treatment Options

As chiropractors and physical therapists, the human body continues to amaze us. Take for example, the spine, which is the basis of our chiropractic work. The spine is made up of 24 individual bones called vertebrae. The series of vertebrae work together to help us bend, twist, move and keep balance. In between each vertebrae are discs that cushion the vertebrae like tiny pillows that help absorb any shock from the system.

These “intervertebral discs” have a gel-like center and firm outer shell, called the annulus. Sometimes these discs become injured or damaged, which can cause a great deal of pain. This is what we call a herniated disc. When the soft disc part pushes through the annulus, it can press against a nerve or the spinal cord, leading to what can be severe discomfort or pain.

Herniated disc, or degenerative disc disease?

Herniated discs are different from degenerative disc disease. To quickly summarize degenerative disc disease develops over time. Degenerative disc disease indicates that the disc is losing the water and gel components that support your back through wear and tear.  Herniated discs, however, occur when the disc is not losing those components but is instead just bulging and out of place. While chiropractic care can help relieve the symptoms of degenerative disc disease, it doesn’t stop the issue in itself. However chiropractic treatment has been proven to be an effective non-surgical treatment option for herniated discs.

Herniated Disc Treatments

The most extreme route to treat a herniated disc is surgery. But it is not the only way; luckily many patients suffering from herniated discs can be treated in a less invasive way through chiropractic adjustments. By seeing a BC + PT chiropractor, you are taking the first step in determining whether you can manage or resolve your back pain without the need for injections or surgery. 

If you are experiencing back pain, sign up for an appointment to see if it could be caused by a herniated disc. The BC + PT chiropractors are all trained and have experience dealing with not only herniated discs, but many other injuries. To learn more, check out our FAQ page, and when you are ready to start your healing journey, give us a call!


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