Disc Problems

A disc doesn't "slip"

Since spinal discs have a very poor blood supply, they also depend upon the circulation of joint fluids to bring in nutrients and expel waste. If a spinal joint loses its normal motion and this pumping action is impaired, the health of the disc deteriorates. Like a wet sponge, a healthy disc is flexible. A dry sponge is hard, stiff, and can crack easily. This is how many disc problems begin.
 

Because of the way each disc is attached to the vertebra above and below it, a disc cannot "slip" as commonly thought. However, trauma or injury to the spine can cause discs to bulge, herniate, or worse, rupture. This can be quite painful, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots, often interfering with their function.
 

The chiropractic approach at Beaver Dam Chiropractic Clinic to disc problems is to help restore better motion and position to the spinal joints. Besides reducing disc bulging, better spinal function helps decrease inflammation to the slow process of healing the surrounding soft tissues can begin. While results cannot be guaranteed, many patients have avoided needless surgery or a dependency on pain pills by choosing conservative chiropractic care.
 

The intervertebral disc

While the intervertebral disc is a common culprit in spin-related health problems, its function is widely misunderstood.
 

The disc is a small cartilage pad that is situated between spinal bones. The soft jelly-like center is contained by layers of fiberous tissues. Each disc serves as a connector, spacer, and shock absorber for the spine. When healthy, discs allow normal turning and bending.
 

Discs can bulge, herniate or rupture, resulting in other problems.