Spinal Discs are spongy cushions between the vertebrae. These discs provide shock absorption for the spine, keep the vertebral column stable and allow movement. They are flat, circular and about one-quarter inch thick. They are made up of a tough outer membrane, the annulus fibrosus and a jelly-like substance, the nucleus pulposus. The discs are held in place by ligaments and sheaths of muscle. Your spine and discs are susceptible to injury and wear and tear. If you are experiencing a problem with one or more of your discs, you can develop acute or chronic issues. Call us today if you are looking for chiropractic care in Algonquin.
When a person has issues with spinal disc issues, the pain can be intense. Every movement can make things worse. You can experience back pain, neck pain, numbness, tingling sensation, or weakness in other areas of the body. Disc problems are most common in people between the ages of 30 and 50 years old.
The symptoms of disc problems can vary based on severity and location. Many people who show have disc problems seen on scans will show no symptoms. General symptoms may include:
• Back pain
• Hip pain
• Numbness or tingling in legs
• Pain at Night or in Mornings
• Pain with coughing or sneezing
• Worsening pain with bending over or sitting for prolonged periods
• Worsening pain associated with coughing or sneezing
• Pain radiating down legs
Some people are at higher risk for disc problems. Risk factors include:
• Lack of exercise
• Poor posture
• Incorrect lifting techniques
Taking sensible precautions can help prevent back pain and lower your risk for suffering from a slipped disc. Precautions include:
• Regular exercise (15 minutes a day of low back exercises will reduce injuries by 40%)
• Anti-inflammatory diet
• Using proper techniques when lifting
• Maintaining good posture
• Quitting smoking
• And regular chiropractic adjustments!