Found between each of the 24 vertebra in your spine is a special type of cartilage called the intervertebral disc. Surrounding its gummy center are bands of fibrous tissue.
The intervertebral disc is there to provide space between each spinal bone so pairs of nerve roots can exit the spinal cord. The term “slipped disc” is a bit misleading.
There is no actual slippage. Instead, the disc can thin, wedge, bulge, protrude, tear or herniate.
Acting as a ball bearing, the nucleus pulposus is meant to withstand compression and torsion, however improper lifting, slips and falls, a car accident or other trauma can cause the disc to bulge or herniate.
The herniated disc can irritate nearby nerves, causing intense pain. Typically, disc conditions are managed with potentially addictive pain medication and surgery.
Chiropractic care is a more conservative approach. Through a series of adjustments with your AICA Conyers chiropractor, spinal biomechanics can often be restored.
Many disc problems can heal naturally as spinal structure and function improve. Though ongoing supportive care may be required, our holistic, all-natural approach is a less invasive, less expensive alternative to the risky outcomes of surgery.
Contact our Conyers Chiropractors if you or someone you know is suffering from a “slipped disc”. Conservative care, like chiropractic, should be your first call before drugs and surgery.