There is a spinal disc between each of the vertebrae in your spine with the exception of the top two in the neck. These discs function as shock absorbers to the spine as well as allowing for motion. As we age these shock absorbers turn from jelly like fluid to more ridged rubber disc that have less flexibility when you twist and bend. Occasionally the outer fibers of the disc called the annular fibers will break down or tear. This can allow the inner part of the disc called the nucleus pulposus to push through the injured area and bulge into the spinal cord or delicate nerve roots. This condition is known as a herniated, bulging or ruptured disc.
The most common area to experience a disc herniation is the low back at the L5-S1 or L4-L5. The neck is the next most common area to have a herniated disc. The C4-C5 and C5-C6 levels are most commonly affected. Herniated discs are rare in the thoracic spine or mid back but can occur.
A herniated disc is usually diagnosed by an MRI or CT scan following a detailed history and exam that appears suspicious. Chiropractic treatment for herniated discs usually involves spinal adjustments or manipulation, traction or spinal decompression and a series of stretches and exercises to help rehab the spine. Massage therapy and physiotherapy may be used to relieve the initial pain.
At Frisco Spinal Rehab we focus on keeping your spine healthy and functioning freely. However, if you are one of the millions who are suffering disc problems, such as bulging disc or herniation, we have excellent chiropractors in Frisco, TX with top notch equipment to help you recover.
Contact our clinic today to schedule your complete diagnostic exam. We have flexible hours and are open on Saturdays for your convenience. Whether you need chiropractic adjustment or spinal decompression, Frisco Spinal Rehab has the solution for you spinal disc condition.