A slipped disc, also commonly known as disc herniation, can be very painful for a patient if it is left undiagnosed or untreated. The discs between the spine actually serve as a protector to the bones of the back. They are the actual cushion or cartilage that protects the bones from continuously rubbing together. Once these discs in the spine wear down, they cause massive friction to the discs. This can result in chronic pain and discomfort to the patient. The cushioning that once protected the spine can now cause further damage to the disc and eventually cause the actual disc to crack.
The slip disc can be very serious or mild depending on the cause or underlying condition. It’s essential that the patients seek treatment if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms. If a patient is experiencing persistent extreme numbness or pain around the lower back area, or even the leg, or if they have abnormal stomach issues such as bowel problems, this can be a result from a slipped disc. A patient could have experienced a slipped disc due to a number of different issues such as a recent a car accident, sports related injury, or by exhibiting continuous poor posture.
Typically a chiropractor or specialist will do a series of tests such as X-rays or ev
en an MRI to ensure they are making the proper diagnosis for you. They may also consider doing a bone scan if necessary. In most acute cases, an X-Ray is all your doctor may need. In more serious cases blood work, MRIs, and bones scans will be necessary to ensure proper diagnosis. These tests will help your chiropractor or specialist to develop a solid treatment plan for you. The treatment plan will always vary depending on the patient’s exact needs. In more acute cases, patients will be asked to participate in physical therapy, at home exercises and stretching along with chiropractic adjustments to alleviate the symptoms.
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