Discs are the soft, but strong, cushions that separate the vertebrae in the spine and act like shock absorbers as your body moves. Repeated strain over time, vertebral subluxation, or sudden injury can damage discs and irritate (See diagrams to the right) nerves, causing pain and numbness or tingling in the back, legs, neck and arms.
Disc disorders are often referred to as herniated or “slipped discs.” This term is
derived from the action of the spongy center of the disc (nucleus), when it is forced away from the center of the disc and bulges onto the spinal nerves, causing nerve irritation. Left untreated, herniated discs may become prolapsed.
A prolapsed disc occurs when the spongy center of the disc ruptures and pushes through the outer wall, pressing on nearby nerves and causing severe pain.
Other disc disorders such as disc degeneration, thinning and spur formation may occur from untreated spinal misalignments and subluxations.
It is important to treat bulging disc problems before they prolapse or rupture.
Chiropractic spinal adjustments can realign vertebrae and relieve pressure from discs and nerves.