If you have lower back pain that keeps returning, or your low back pain extends further down your leg and into your foot, perhaps it is an indicator that you have a slipped disc.
Also known as a herniated disc, the pain caused by this condition can be extreme and sometimes debilitating.
Pain Caused by a Herniated Disc
Having a slipped disc can be very unpleasant. But sometimes, symptoms will subside in 6 weeks or less. This holds true in about 90% of herniated disc cases.
If your disc pain lasts longer than 6 weeks, or keeps coming back over a period of several months or years, this can be an indication that it may not go away on its own. Other treatment options, including gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment, should then be taken into consideration.
What Causes Discs to Slip?
Your spine is made up of a chain of bones called the vertebrae. The front part of each individual vertebrae is called the vertebral body. Between each vertebrae are soft spinal discs that have a hard, multilayered casing and a gel-like center, named the nucleus pulposus.
These discs are what enable the spine to be flexible and let us lean forward or turn our upper body back and forth. Our discs also soak up impacts that are transferred to the spine while jumping or running, for example,.
It means that one of the spinal discs is bulging beyond the edges of the vertebral bodies that are above and below it when you have a slipped disc. There are three types of slipped discs:
- Prolapsed Disc– This means the disc is bulging out between the vertebrae, but the disc’s outermost layer is still undamaged
- Extruding Disc– This means there is a tear in the outer layer of the spinal disc, which is causing the spinal disc tissue to leak out. But the tissue that has come out remains connected to the disc
- Sequestration– This is the most serious type of slipped disk. In this instance, the spinal disc tissue has entered into the spinal canal and is no longer directly connected to the disc
While all three types of herniated discs can be extremely painful, most people struggling with a slipped disc can receive relief through gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment.
You should absolutely consider seeking treatment from one of our medical professionals if you are experiencing recurrent disc pain and you believe you may have a slipped disc.
By gently manipulating the spine so that it resumes its normal state, our team of spinal disc doctors can help relieve the pressure caused by your slipped disc and provide instant relief to your back pain.
If you or somebody you know is suffering from disc pain as the result of a slipped disc, contact us right now for your free examination. Our expert spinal disc specialists can tell you if gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment is a good option for treating your pain.
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