Our Chiropractors in Canning Vale are highly experienced in treating disc and sciatic related pain. The intervertebral discs are cushion-like structures that sit between the vertebrae in the spine, acting as shock absorbers and allowing for flexibility and movement. Disc injuries can occur when the discs become damaged or degenerated, leading to pain and other symptoms.
The most common mechanism of injuries is flexion and rotation while under load. Injuries can be debilitating, however often have a good healing rate.
Treatment for disc injuries can vary depending on the type and severity of the injury. Treatment options may include:
1. Rest and posture/activity modification
2. Hands on care and specific exercises
3. Pain medication or anti-inflammatory medication
In extreme cases,
4. Injections of corticosteroids or other medications into the affected area
5. Surgery, in severe cases
Prevention of intervertebral disc injuries can be achieved through maintaining good posture, regular exercise, and avoiding activities that place excessive stress on the spine. If you are experiencing symptoms of an intervertebral disc injury, it is important to seek medical attention from a healthcare professional who can provide a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
Types of disc injuries that we see:
A herniated disc occurs when the outer layer of the disc (annulus fibrosus) tears, causing the inner gel-like material (nucleus pulposus) to leak out. This can irritate nearby nerves and cause pain, numbness, or weakness in the back, legs, or arms.
Degenerative Disc Disease
DDD is a condition that occurs when the intervertebral discs begin to break down and lose their cushioning properties. This can cause pain, stiffness, and limited mobility in the spine.
A bulging disc occurs when the disc material protrudes out from between the vertebrae but does not rupture. This can cause pressure on nearby nerves and lead to pain, numbness, or weakness.
An annular tear occurs when the outer layer of the disc tears, but the inner material does not leak out. This can cause pain in the back or neck, as well as radiating pain in the arms or legs.