From the top of your neck to the bottom of your back, a slipped disc can occur at any point on your spine. Disc injuries can lead to a wide variety of symptoms, including lower back pain, numbness, stiffness, chronic neck pain, swelling, and decreased mobility. If you have experienced an intervertebral disc injury, then you should explore the wide variety of treatment options to help alleviate your symptoms and heal your injury.
What Can Cause a Disc Bulge or Herniation?
A disc bulge, herniation, and other intervertebral disc injuries can occur when the outer ring of the disc becomes weak or torn. The compromised outer ring causes the inner portion to slip out. This type of injury can occur due to age, weight, and certain motions. Overweight individuals are more likely to experience a slipped disc due to a sedentary lifestyle and weak muscles. Individuals who incorrectly lift heavy objects can also experience disc injuries. Finally, as you age, you are more likely to experience disc injuries due to natural wear and tear on your body, muscles, and joints.
Disc Injury Treatment Can Provide Relief
Did you know that there are several ways to treat a disc injury? The first step is to diagnose the injury and understand why it occurred. Next, non-invasive methods can be used to help the disc naturally heal. At Bay Area Disc Centers, we believe in exploring all non-invasive methods, including our Disc Restoration Therapy, which includes a five-step S.P.I.N.E. approach to help our patients avoid spinal surgery. As part of our long-term treatment plans, we encourage our patients to complete an eight-week program that is designed to relieve chronic neck pain, lower back pain, and other symptoms caused by a disc bulge, herniation, or other injury.
Part of the disc injury treatment plan might include the S.P.I.N.E. approach. This five-step approach begins with spinal decompression to help heal and rehydrate the injured disc. The second step uses physiotherapy treatments, including electric muscle stimulation, ice and heat, and cold laser therapies. In the third step, we begin to focus on inter-segmental mobilization to help restore the function and motion of the damaged disc. The fourth step focuses on nutritional support to promote disc health. In the final step, we begin exercise rehabilitation to strengthen the surrounding muscles. When properly completed, the S.P.I.N.E. approach can significantly ease pain and heal your injured disc.
Begin Your Disc Injury Treatment Today
If you have experienced an injured disc, then you shouldn’t spend one more day in pain or discomfort. At Bay Area Disc Centers, we can use non-invasive methods, including our Disc Restoration Therapy five-step S.P.I.N.E. approach, to help heal and re-hydrate your injured disc. To alleviate your suffering from a disc bulge, herniation, or other intervertebral disc injury, we encourage you to schedule a consultation today.