Herniated discs are a common problem Dr. Gary Olson helps his patients find pain relief for on a regular basis. Dr. Gary Olson will use MRIs and x-rays to help him determine whether or not you have a herniated disc. There are several common names herniated disc go by, depending upon what the MRI shows. A herniated disc may be referred to as;
In layman's terms (not a clinical word), you may hear a herniated disc referred to as a "slipped disc" or a "ruptured disc." While the phrase "Slipped Disc" is very common, spinal discs do not really slip. In reality, a disc will herniate or bulge outwardly from between the spinal bones.
The disc is the cartilage between the spinal bones of the vertebrae and acts as a shock absorber, or a cushion, creating space between the spinal bones in the vertebrate. The inner part of the disc is a gel-like substance called the nucleus pulposus. The space these discs create forms the intervertebral foremen where the nerves exit the spine and spread throughout the body. When discs degenerate, herniate, or bulge out, this space is compromised and pressure is put on the nerves causing pain and other problems.
There are two main areas where most people will experience herniated discs — the lower spine (lumbar spine), which is the most common, and the neck (cervical spine). The symptoms will include:
Many herniated discs are the result of accidents, injuries, and falls. These include lifting, poor posture, sports, and auto accidents. Other contributing causes include poor lifestyle choices such as smoking, bad nutrition in your diet, and lack of activity. For your spine to stay healthy it needs to move. Sitting for extended periods of time puts additional pressure on the spine (compared to standing) and causes the disc to start to degenerate. The spine also move properly (spinal subluxations or misalignments can hinder proper movement and range of motion in the spine). Other problems, such as osteoarthritis and degenerating disc problems, can weaked the discs to the point were even something as simple as coughing can cause a disc to herniate.
Dr. Gary Olson can successfully treat disc problems. The first thing he will do is determine the type and source of your problem. Most herniated disc problems can be treated using chiropractic care, flexion distraction, spinal decompression, rehabilitative exercises, and physical therapy.
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