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An Overview of Spinal Disc Conditions, Symptoms and Treatments

Few injuries impair peace of mind and quality of life quite like back pain. The source of back pain is often an issue of one or more of the spinal discs. Disc pain and associated pain can be associated with a bulging disc, herniated disc or degenerative disc disease. Fortunately, your chiropractor in Sacramento is experienced in these issues and has a range of effective solutions.

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Spinal Discs Are the Shock Absorbers of the Spine

Spinal discs are located between vertebrae to help cushion the movement of the components of the spine. They are rounded and flat and function as shock absorbers between the vertebrae. Spinal discs are spongy and pliable, allowing for fluid movement at the core of the body. The spinal disc acts as a strong elastic pivot for each joint segment of the spine, providing stability and allowing a relatively wide range of motion in all directions in the lower back and neck. When a disc starts to lose its strength and pliability, however, it can cause a range of painful and potentially debilitating symptoms. Over time, as the back and spine sustain the stresses of daily activity and everyday life, the spinal discs can become injured. They may also start to deteriorate due to repetitive activity and also as part of the aging process

Your Chiropractor in Sacramento Brings Pain Relief for Disc Problems

When the discs break down, this can lead to a bulging disc, herniated disc or degenerative disc disease. Fortunately, your chiropractor in Sacramento Gibson Chiropractic is highly experienced in all phases of spinal disc injury and degenerative disc disease. We can offer an efficient diagnosis and the most effective and non-invasive treatment plan possible for your specific injury type and condition.

Some of the signs and symptoms of disc problems include:

  • Back pain
  • Loss of mobility
  • Tingling/numbness in the extremities
  • Sciatica
  • Muscle weakness

There are many terms used to describe disc issues and disc pain. Some of these words are medical, some slang, and include pinched nerve, degenerated disc, subluxation, slipped disc, herniated disc, spinal misalignment and bulging disc. However, most of these terms are either synonyms for or phases of a herniated disc.

Herniated Discs

Disc issues causing nerve root pain along spinal nerves is called radicular pain. With this condition, the inner disc material herniates, or leaks and touches the associated nerve. This material is very inflammatory and can cause immediate intense pain. A bulging disc is an earlier phase of a herniated disc.

Dr. Chris Gibson Offers Effective Treatment For Herniated Disc, Degenerative Disc Disease

Whether you have a bulging disc, herniated disc or degenerative disc disease, your Sacramento chiropractor Gibson Chiropractic can help. We are a complete chiropractic center that have been addressing musculo-skeletal and nerve issues for over two decades. Contact your chiropractor in Sacramento Gibson Chiropractic for more information or to book an appointment. We also offer energy psychology techniques and other modalities that effectively complement chiropractic care.