When spinal discs bulge, herniate, or rupture, an injury known as slipped discs occurs. Chiropractors believe that disturbances on one part of the spinal column may result in painful aberrations on other parts of the spinal column, because the spine functions as an integrated whole. A Jacksonville chiropractor addresses multiple conditions related to disc injury and degeneration, including pelvic imbalance, restricted mid-back and neck joints, and low back problems.
Discs between the vertebrae absorb and distribute shock throughout the spine. Dehydrated discs are vulnerable to fissures and cracks, and discs may also become overloaded by extra weight around the abdomen, poor sitting habits, and weak abdominal and back muscles. All of these factors may contribute to disc injury, or “slipped disc”.
Patients experience a variety of slipped disc symptoms. Numbness, “pins and needles”, or shooting pains in the hands, legs, or feet, are common symptoms. Typically, symptoms occur on the right or the left side, but not both sides together, and are eased when the patient changes his or her body position.
Many patients with disc injuries feel pain in their legs and back. Chiropractic adjustments are thought to go the disc nucleus back toward the center, to alleviate disc slippage, and to improve disc height. The adjustments often decrease pain in the legs and back, because they decrease inflammation of the nerves.
Chiropractors know when to refer their patients to another medical professional. If a disc injury, for instance, is accompanied by loss of bladder control, strength, sensation, or reflexes, chiropractors often refer their patients elsewhere. For most cases of slipped disc, but, chiropractors provide non-invasive, conservative, and drug-free solutions.
Chiropractic adjustments are only completed after chiropractors have taken a patient history, checked the posture, and utilized traditional medical testing. Chiropractors calculate how well their therapies are working, by collecting constant feedback. Care from an experienced Jacksonville chiropractor may provide welcome relief from slipped disc pain.