Slipped Disc/Herniated Disc
A slipped disc, medically known as a herniated disc, is a condition that occurs when one of the soft, cushioning discs between the vertebrae of the spine protrudes or bulges out through a crack in the tougher exterior casing. This can happen due to factors such as age, injury, or simply wear and tear on the spine over time.
When a disc slips out of place, it can put pressure on nearby nerves, causing various symptoms such as localized or radiating pain, tingling, numbness, or weakness in an arm or leg. It's important to note that not everyone who has a herniated disc will experience symptoms, as the severity and impact can vary from person to person.
Additionally, the specific symptoms can also depend on the location of the herniated disc within the spine. Seeking appropriate medical evaluation and treatment is crucial in managing this condition effectively.
FAQ 1: What are the common causes of a slipped disc?
The disc damage can occur naturally over time due to aging or suddenly due to strain or minor injury. Factors like weight, occupation, genetics, and smoking also contribute to the occurrence of a slipped disc.
FAQ 2: How is a slipped disc diagnosed at Bell Chiropractic & Wellness?
At Bell Chiropractic & Wellness, our experienced team uses a combination of physical examination and imaging tests, such as X-rays, MRI or CT scans, to diagnose a slipped disc. The tests help in locating the affected disc and determining the necessary treatment approach.
FAQ 3: What treatments does Bell Chiropractic & Wellness offer for a slipped disc?
Bell Chiropractic & Wellness offers comprehensive care for patients with a slipped disc. Our treatment options include non-invasive therapies like spinal manipulation, physical therapy, and massage. In some cases, we might recommend lifestyle modifications or exercises to strengthen your back and core muscles.