The Spinal discs are the soft tissue between each vertebrae. They are made out of collagen fibers and have a centre called a nucleus – which has a gelatinous texture. The disc has two main roles: It acts as a shock absorber and gives space for the spinal nerves to exit. When the outer fibers tear the disc may distort and bulge. This bulge may also impact on the adjacent spinal nerves causing referred pain. If the disc ruptures completely, and the contents come out, it is called a herniation. Some of the disc material may also detach and impact on the nerves. There may be some genetic factors that also make some people more prone to disc injuries.
Spinal Disc Injury – Bulging Discs & Herniation
Common causes of Spinal Disc Problems
Disc injury arises due to compression and torsion of the disc under load. This happens when someone lifts and twists – especially away from your body. This can happen over time with:
- Repetitive movements (most common) or
- During lifting something far too heavy or an unexpected load.
Often the final straw can be quite a trivial or minor lift. Early morning is also a more dangerous time as the disc absorbs fluid and is more taut. Occupations that involve a prolonged period of sitting with bad posture increase your risk of disc injury.
How we Treat Spinal Disc Conditions
We will examine your entire spine for spinal misalignment (and abnormal spinal bio-mechanics). Correction of the spinal misalignment (and abnormal spinal bio-mechanics) does not automatically repair the disc. Chiropractic treatment takes the load and stress off the disc so that it can heal over time.
To arrange an appointment for your newborn, baby or infant please contact one of our helpful receptionists today on (Sydney) (02) 9971 9597 or make an enquiry on our website.