Do you suffer from chronic back pain? Have you been diagnosed with a disc injury or suspect that as the cause? Patients with slipped discs, herniated disc, and other disc or spine injuries in Fort Collins benefit greatly from professional chiropractic care at Advanced Healthcare.
What is a Disc injury?
Between each of the vertebrae there is a little pad known as an inter-vertebral disc. Each disc is comprised of a rigid outer ring and a soft, gel-like center. The discs have the dual purpose of keeping the bones of the vertebrae separate but also joining them together. The inter-vertebral discs are like cushions or shock absorbers, which prevent the bones from rubbing against each other while you are moving or lifting objects. Without these discs, you would not be able to move your upper torso at all. There are several disc injuries which can make spinal movement painful and difficult including:
- A protruding disc: When this occurs, the gel from the disc is pushed out or bulging from its normal location.
- A herniated disc: This happens when a disc ruptures and the gel is pushed completely outwards.
- A disc extrusion: This is the worst type of disc injury and occurs when the gel balloons extensively out of the vertebrae, or breaks off completely from the disc.
Symptoms of a Disc Injury
All of the above mentioned types of disc injuries can result in significant back pain, decreased range of motion, and numbness. At Advanced Healthcare in Fort Collins, our chiropractors can treat the symptoms of disc injuries, herniated discs, and slipped discs including, but not limited to:
- Back and/or neck pain
- Weakness in the legs and/or feet
- Pain, numbness, and tingling (sciatica) in the legs and feet
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
How Can Chiropractic Care Help?
Fort Collins patients who receive chiropractic care for disc injuries, herniated discs, or slipped discs experience short-term pain relief and long-term, sustained recovery. Chiropractic treatment for disc injuries includes a thorough assessment of the patient’s medical history, a physical exam, and X-rays, to determine the extent of the disc injury and prescribe appropriate treatment.
At Advanced Healthcare, we take an individualized approach to each patients’ disc or spine injury in Fort Collins, to ensure they receive the level of care that is appropriate for their specific issue. Through gentle adjustments, one of our chiropractors can relieve the pain and discomfort of your spine or disc injury in Fort Collins. Call us today for your consultation.