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Herniated discs are common disc injuries which can lead to significant pain and dysfunction. Dr. Mattox, our chiropractor in St. Joseph, MO, is happy to educate his patients at St. Joseph Chiropractic about this common condition.
Discs are like jelly donuts that provide cushion between vertebrae. The inner disc or “jelly” can become pushed to a side which can cause a protrusion to the outside casing. This formation can result in a range of abnormalities such as bulge, herniation, and even a rupture.
Abnormal movement and force in the spine is generally what causes a disc to herniate. It's often the result of an acute incident (such as a slip, fall, or auto accident), or it could be due to cumulative repetitive damage over time that leads to its eventual injury—the proverbial "straw that broke the camel's back".
Advancing age is a common risk factor, since as we get older our discs become less elastic and pliable. Males from the ages of 30 to 55 are more likely to develop herniated discs, as well as people who have physically demanding occupations, people who sit excessively, and even people who smoke or are obese.
Herniated discs do not always cause signs or symptoms, but when they do, common ones include:
Discs don't actually "slip"; they usually either herniate or bulge (or thin and breakdown, in the case of degenerative disc disease). Unlike a ruptured disc, a bulging/herniated disc doesn't rupture, but simply protrudes abnormally in the joint space (like squeezing a jelly donut, but not enough for the jelly to come out).
Herniated discs are typically diagnosed via a physical examination, history questionnaire, and sometimes diagnostic imaging such as MRI or X-ray.
A chiropractor can help heal and prevent herniated discs using several types of treatment, including:
St. Joseph Chiropractic is your home for natural and non-invasive solutions to your herniated disc pain. To schedule an appointment with our St. Joseph chiropractor, contact us today by calling 816-279-0700.