If you experience recurrent lower back pain or if your pain radiates down your leg and reaches your foot, it may indicate a slipped disc.
This condition, also referred to as a herniated disc, can cause intense and sometimes incapacitating pain.
Pain from a Herniated Disc
Experiencing a slipped disc can be quite unpleasant, but fortunately, in approximately 90% of herniated disc cases, the symptoms will typically diminish within six weeks or less.
However, if the pain persists beyond this timeframe or continues to recur over several months or even years, it may suggest that the condition is not likely to resolve on its own. In such instances, it is advisable to explore alternative treatment options, such as the gentle and non-surgical spinal decompression treatment.
How Does a Disc Slip?
The chain of bones that make up your spine is called the vertebrae. Each vertebrae has a front part called the vertebral body. Soft spinal discs are located between each vertebrae, composed of a hard, multilayered casing and a gel-like center called the nucleus pulposus.
These discs provide flexibility to the spine, enabling movements such as leaning forward and turning our upper body. Additionally, the discs play a role in absorbing shocks that may be transmitted to the spine during activities like running or jumping.
A slipped disc refers to a condition where a spinal disc protrudes beyond the adjacent vertebral bodies that lie above and below it. 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 intact.
- 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 disc. In this instance, the spinal disc tissue has entered into the spinal canal and is no longer directly attached to the disc.
Although all three types of herniated discs can cause severe pain, many individuals with a slipped disc can find relief through gentle spinal decompression treatment, without the need for surgery.
If you are consistently experiencing disc-related pain and suspect a slipped disc, it is strongly recommended that you seek treatment from our skilled medical professionals.
Our skilled team of spinal disc doctors specializes in restoring the spine to its natural alignment, alleviating the discomfort caused by a slipped disc, and offering immediate relief for back pain.
If you or someone you know is experiencing disc pain due to a slipped disc, reach out to us today for a consultation. Our experienced spinal disc doctors will assess whether gentle, non-surgical spinal decompression treatment is a suitable solution to address your pain.
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