WHAT IS A DISC?
Between the vertebra of the spine is a cushioning space made of soft jelly like material in the center called the 'nucleus polposis'. Surrounding it is a series of wrapping ligaments that constrain the center soft material. Over time all this material will weaken and start to degenerate which makes most people get shorter and overall loose a inch or two of height. Many times this goes unseen and does not create a noticeable problem. Discs are also subjected to the wear and tear of excessive lifting, bending, and trauma.
As the ligaments which wrap and surround the disc center begin to give way, disc bulges eventually will show up. Under pressure the soft center material will push outward. This usually ends up aiming near the nerve root which is vulnerable and is positioned at the posterior area of the spine. When this disc bulge encroaches, rubs, or leaks material near the nerve root, the patient can experience various kinds of pain. It can vary from mild pain all the way to extreme threatening pain.
EARLY TREATMENT GIVES BETTER OUTCOME
The posterior portion of the vertebrae has a joint facette on each side. These vertebral facettes guide the movement of the vertebrae in movement. If these vertebral joints get jammed, stuck, or tilted, they can restrain the disc from withdrawing from the entrapment. The disc situated between the vertebra may be worn but may still be capable of getting back into a safe position with chiropractic treatment. If nothing is done, over time what once was tolerable mild pain can turn into debilitating pain. A severe chronic condition not only is very painful, it can threaten the life of a nerve root which can cause loss of strength and muscle tone.
DISC BULGE HERNIATION IN COOS BAY NORTH BEND OR
Coos Bay chiropractor Dr. Soard does regularly treat disc bulges. Examples of these conditions vary from very mild to severe cases of sciatica in the lower extremities. In the upper extremities a person could feel numbness and tingling down the arms. An athlete can experience a stinger pain extending into shoulder or arm. Not all situations of disc bulges are going to respond to chiropractic treatment. Many mild to moderate conditions do respond.
RELEASING SPECIFIC SEGMENTS CAN BRING RELIEF
Dr. Soard will examine for functional movement or lack of movement of a vertebra where there is pain. If there is joint lockage and misalignment, he will adjust and loosen the lockage. Some of the maneuvers involve traction which helps to reposition the disc and the vertebrae.