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What is a Slipped Disc?

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A slipped vertebrae is a slang word for a herniated or bulging disc caused by a one-time force or by wear and tear due to poor mechanics over time. A motor vehicle accident, sports injury, or lifting something too heavy while bending forward and twisting at the same time. Also abnormal mechanics such as sitting for prolonged periods of time in our car, at our desk, or on the couch.

Prolonged sitting causes weight-bearing structures to take more weight than they are supposed to handle. Shoveling snow, lifting a child in a car seat, or putting groceries into the trunk of a car can also be the straw that broke the camel’s back. At that point, the discs have typically been breaking down due to poor mechanics for some time until that particular action caused a rupture or herniation to the disc. This damage causes further anatomical deterioration and physiological breakdown of the intervertebral disc.

In between the vertebrae of the spinal column, from the second cervical bone (C2) and the way to the lowest vertebral segment in the lumbar spine L5, there are intervertebral discs. The discs allow for movement of the spine, serve as a shock system for the spine, and most importantly provide a space for the spinal nerve root to live by separating the vertebrae above froth the vertebrae below. There is a “pump action” at every disc level of the spine. This pumping mechanism creates a suction to pull food and nutrition into the disc (proteoglycans) and squeezes the disc in order to push the waste out of the disc. This pump is analogous to you eating and drinking for nutrition and hydration and then having a bowel movement or urinating to get rid of the waste.

Now imagine if you didn’t eat or drink or had not gone to the bathroom for 4 weeks. You would die. That is exactly what happens to the discovery time from blunt trauma or slowly from poor mechanics and excessive wear and tear. Before the disc dies it dehydrates (disc desiccation). When the disc dehydrates it breaks down over time. The hard material at the inside of the disc (nucleus pulposus) ruptures through the small cracks and causes a bulge in the exterior fibers and then ruptures out of the cracks creating disc herniations. Irritation and compression of the nerves can cause mild to severe pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness.

Signs and symptoms of slipped discs would be shooting or burning pain in the arms legs hands or feet (radicular pain), numbness or tingling, pain in the neck or lower back, or weakness. This process often presents with chronic or long-term low-level pain with low-level chronic pain with periodic exacerbations or episodes of severe pain. These episodes of more severe pain can start to occur every few years twice per year to more frequent. They can also cause more damage as the years progress without a treatment to restore the functionality of the mechanics. Exclusive Nerve & Disc Centers ® Treatment Centers offer cutting-edge and state-of-the-art technology and treatment to not only help with the herniation, bulge, or degenerated discs but more importantly, correct the cause of the problem.

Non-surgical Spinal Decompression is the most effective to help re-establish the normal pumping mechanism that is essential for the disc to heal and become rehydrated. All or some of the following may be in your recommended treatment program set forth by the practitioner during your consultation depending on history, examination, MRI / X-ray / CT, and individual condition: Non-surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy, Class III / Class IV Laser Therapy, Electro-Medicine, Advanced Rehabilitation, Spinal Manipulation, Nutritional Recommendations, Comprehensive Nutritional Protocol, Home Treatments which may or may not include Neurostimulation and LLLT (low-level light therapy) just to name a few.

Recovery for Slipped Disc

There is generally no downtime or recovery period while being treated. In fact, most patients find the treatments quite relaxing. The Overall treatment sessions can last from 45 to 60 minutes. Patients should stay well hydrated and practice good nutrition during this process and after for the best healing.