Have You Injured a Disc in Portland?
Have you been told that you have a slipped disc or a disc injury in Portland? They can vary from slight to severe, but most require the attention of a trained chiropractor. Our Portland chiropractic clinic can help you understand your condition and help you develop the best treatment option for you.
The little pads that lie between your vertebrae are called the intervertebral discs; each of which has a tough outer ring and a soft gel-like center. Your discs both join and separate your vertebrae. These discs serve as cushions or shock absorbers so that the bones don’t make contact with each other as you move. Without discs, we would literally be unable to move our upper torso.
Disc Injury Portland
Most people with Slipped Disc experience a gnawing ache to sharp, shooting pain. This pain is often worsened with too much activity, prolonged sitting, or bending forward at the waist. Other symptoms in combination with lower back pain such as numbness, tingling, or lower back pain that radiates in the lower extremities can be a serious neurological sign indicating that a nerve is maybe irritated or compressed. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should make an appointment immediately with a Chiropractor that specializes in performing neurological examinations.
If you are diagnosed with a protruding disc it means that the gel is pushed out or bulging, and is asymmetrical in different places. This may result in pinching and irritation of the nerve roots at that point.
A herniated disc happens when the disc material ruptures to the point that the gel pushes outward. This can also cause pain and numbness due to the irritation of the nerves and can be very serious in some cases.
A disc extrusion is the worst type of disc injury. What it means is that the gel balloons extensively into the area outside the vertebrae or breaks off from the disc. This tends to result in considerable back pain and limitation of range of motion.
If you're suffering from a disc injury call our team at West Portland Chiropractic today. We are here to help.