Do I have a ruptured or slipped disc? – by Dr Scott Walton, DC

Senior man with lower back pain siting on bed

Do I have a ruptured or slipped disc? – by Dr Scott Walton, DC

Have you wondered if you have a ruptured or slipped disc?
Within our spines, we have intervertebral discs. These discs are gelatinous pads serving as shock absorbers between two vertebrae (spine bones). They are a beautiful anatomical structure which allow both stability and flexibility of the spinal joints. The only problem with them is their proximity to critical nerve roots which exit the spinal column and passing through small openings called foramina.  

What happens when we rupture or slip a disc

When we rupture, or slip a disc within our spine they can commonly occlude (narrow/block) the openings where nerve roots pass through, causing nerve interference, damage, and/or dysfunction. Below are some risk factors, signs, and symptoms that indicate a slipped, ruptured or herniated disc.
A chiropractors’ expertise is spinal health and the treatment, diagnosis, and management of back injuries including ruptured, slipped, and herniated discs.

Risk factors for disc injuries

The classic or textbook patient suffering from a disc injury are males age 35-50 who are overweight and typically work in a highly physical or laborious line of work. Digesting this a little further indicates risk factors for disc injuries to be:
1) Being of age 35-50
2) Being overweight
3) Being male
4) Working in the trades or highly physical work
With society becoming increasingly overweight and having poor posture and spinal health means these risk factors should not be considered as the be all and end all. We should understand that these are stats based off recorded cases and complaints. Many women, younger individuals, and desk workers are also affected by ruptured and slipped discs.

What does a ruptured or slipped disc feel like?

The most common area for a slipped and ruptured disc is within the low back (lumbar spine). This means the patient is normally suffering from low back pain. The pain is often felt after a bout of heavy lifting or physical demand. Because they can affect nerve roots, the pain can often radiate or travel along the legs, even into the knees and feet. Intense pain usually lasts 6 weeks before subsiding but will commonly return the next time the patient performs heavy lifting or is under high physical stress.
Low back pain is the most common reason clients seek out chiropractic care. A chiropractor will assess your spine, and are one of the most effective medical professionals for the diagnosis and treatment of ruptures, herniated, or slipped discs within the spine.
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By: Dr. Scott Walton (BSc. DC) Chiropractor, Wellspring Chiropractic at North Lakes, Brisbane.