Excruciating pain from a prolapsed disc can result in turning to surgery for a quick fix to address the effect rather than the cause.
Can a disc really slip?
The short answer is, no, not really!
Most cases of disc injury are not caused by a “defective” spinal disc. Discs become damaged because of the abnormal stresses and forces that are applied to them over time.
Your spinal discs are one component of the complex series of structures that comprise your spine. Think of your spinal discs as shock-absorbing pads between your spinal bones. These pads help to guide the motion of your spine and to provide support to your spinal joints.
When your spinal bones fall out of alignment, those misalignment bones will cause abnormal, unbalanced and increased stress to your discs. This asymmetrical force can further weaken the structural integrity of your discs causing them to bulge, herniate, protrude or potentially prolapse (discs don’t really “slip”).
Spinal misalignments, known as subluxations, weaken and damage your discs by increasing the force of gravity on those structures. Also, a misaligned spine will transmit more force to the disc when you experience a traumatic event, like a slip and fall or sports injury.
Surgery should be the last resort
In instances when pain from a “slipped disc” is so severe, surgery seems to be the quickest fix to address the issue. However, surgery typically does not remove the cause of the “slipped disc”.
If you have been diagnosed with a “slipped disc”, check with your medical doctor what has caused the condition. Otherwise, we recommend coming in for a comprehensive spinal check-up to understand the cause.
We focus on using a non-invasive approach to restore spinal function, decrease inflammation, and help healing of the surrounding soft tissues. Through regular adjustments to improve alignment and increase joint mobility, we have helped many of our practice members go beyond pain-relief and lead a healthier life.
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