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Spinal Condition – Slipped Disc

Quick links for Spinal Conditions:
Back Pain, Pinched Nerve, Sciatica, Scoliosis, Slipped Disc,
Spinal Degeneration, Trauma, Whiplash.

Space for Nerves
The disc is a special cartilage between the bones of your spinal column. It attaches to the vertebra above and below it. This creates the separation between spinal bones so pairs of nerves can exit the spine.

Cut a golf ball to see what spinal disc structure looks like. The jelly-like core shifts and causes pressure to mount on the associated nerve.

Cut a golf ball to see what spinal disc structure looks like. The jelly-like core shifts and causes pressure to mount on the associated nerve.

Turning and Bending
Each spinal disc has a jelly-like ‘ball bearing’ core that is contained by bands of fibrous tissue. It looks similar to the inside of a golf ball in composition. Healthy discs give flexibility for normal turning and bending. Improper lifting, slips, falls and/or car accidents or other trauma can cause the core to shift and result in a shift of the disc. A disc cannot ‘slip’ but it can herniate, protrude or prolapse anywhere along the spine but most commonly in the lower back.

Herniation – is a localised displacement of disc material beyond the normal limits of the disc that then causes narrowing of the nerve openings. Obvious symptoms may not be present.

Protrusion – like a blister, the disc bulges where it is the weakest, causing indirect nerve pressure often, but not always, marked by pain.

Prolapse – the most serious disc problem is a prolapsed disc in which the soft centre ruptures and leaks forming a separate cushion of disc which in turn compromises the spinal nerves causing direct nerve pressure marked by pain and other nerve symptoms.

Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic is a natural solution helping people with a variety of disc related problems. The intervertebral discs are so close to the spinal cord and nerve roots that disc dysfunction is quite common. If caught before permanent damage can develop, disc tissue often returns to a more normal size and shape by restoring proper motion and position of affected spinal joints. The purpose of chiropractic care is to locate and correct areas of the spine interfering with the proper nervous system control of the body.

Frequently Asked Questions:

? How does chiropractic help disc problems?

Chiropractic adjustments help restore proper motion and position of subluxated spinal bones, reducing disc distortion and nervous system dysfunction.

? Aren’t disc problems part of the normal aging process?

No. However, many disc problems are the result of years of neglect. Many spinal problems are non-symptomatic until the advanced stages of degeneration. There are many cases of elderly patients who have maintained their spine throughout their lives who enjoy excellent spinal health and function.

? I didn’t do anything so how can a disc be involved?

This is a common refrain. Because our bodies are unusually adaptive, we can often accommodate a variety of stresses for years. Finally, like the ‘straw that broke the camel’s back’, we turn or bend ‘funny’ and suddenly our spine succumbs to the accumulation of stresses.

Appointments – Anthony Papaleo at East Bentleigh Health Group
884 Centre Road, East Bentleigh | (03) 9579 3999 |