What is a Slipped Disc?
There are 33 stacked, interlocking spinal vertebrae that make up the spinal column and house the spinal canal. Between each vertebra is an intervertebral disc that acts as a shock absorber and cushions the spine. It is the discs’ cushioning of the vertebrae that allows the spine to flex and bend without pain.
A slipped disc occurs when one or more disc has “slipped” out of place. A slipped disc can also be called a herniated disc or bulging disc. Some slipped discs can go unnoticed, but when one compresses a spinal nerve, or nerve root, they cause pain and discomfort.
A slipped disc can put pressure on the nerves and muscles that surround it, causing pain and other symptoms such as:
- Numbness and pain (typically on one side of the body)
- Pain that radiates through the arms and legs (depending on the level of the disc)
- Pain intensifying with certain movements
- Pain intensifying after standing or sitting
- Pain occuring when walking short distances
- Burning, tingling, or aching sensations
- Unexplained muscle weakness
Can it be treated?
In many cases, the answer is yes. Mobility Physiotherapy and Chiropractic Clinic use soft tissue mobilization,Electrical stimulation, infrared radiation therapies, hydrotherapy, and exercise procedures created to push the disc to its anatomical position and target the main source of the pain.
If what you’ve read about describes what you are feeling, allow our physiotherapist and staff to review your case and verify if Mobility physiotherapy clinic can help. Click here to discuss your condition with one of our patient advocates or call us at 08058404754