Discs, short for Intervertebral discs, are the spongy cushions that separate the block-like bones (vertebrae) of the spine. In other words they are positioned between the vertebrae in the spine. The outer elastic shell of a disc is made from cartilage, and in the center contains jelly like contents. These discs can handle a good amount of pressure without damage. Discs serve the following purposes – allowing movement of the spine; creating space between the vertebrae: and acting as shock absorbers. The gelatinous middle allows the disc to compress and expand based on impact and movement.
Trauma (physical stress or impact) to the spine can cause the discs to become herniated, bulge, displaced (slipped disc), or possibly rupture. However, trauma or injury is not the only cause. Age impacts the discs too. The above conditions can put pressure on the nerves around the spine and cause pain.
If you suffer from disc problems you should see a chiropractor. Surgery is risky and expensive, and can have a long recovery time. In many cases, you can experience relief from these conditions through chiropractic care. Properly aligning the spine can relieve pressure on nerves and/or on the discs. Alignment will hopefully reduce/eliminate your pain and discomfort , thereby allowing to return to your normal lifestyle.
Summary lists for symptoms, risk factors, and types is show below.
The symptoms of a damaged disc can vary according to its location and severity. Many people who show evidence on scanning of damaged discs have no symptoms. However, general signs may include:
Some people are more susceptible to disc problems than others. Risk factors include:
Common disc-related problems include
Degenerative disc disease
Herniated or bulged
Ruptured (or ‘slipped’) disc
Sciatica (nerve pain)
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