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The Ball Bearings Of The Spine

The Ball Bearings Of The Spine

Like a ball bearing, each vertebra rotates around the soft center of the disc, permitting turning and bending.

Like a ball bearing, each vertebra rotates around the soft center of the disc, permitting turning and bending.

They bulge, herniate, degenerate and tear, but they don’t “slip.”

The discs in your back are the “ball bearings” of the spine. They separate each vertebra and they create the necessary space for nerves to exit the spinal cord, which service the tissues and organs of your body.

In our practice, there are two common disc problems that we see:

Bulging Disc

When there is a weakened area of the annulus, this can allow the softer nucleus of the disc to bulge like a balloon. This causes pressure on the nearby nerves. With treatment we have witnessed improved spinal function, where many cases of bulged discs resolve nicely.

Herniated Disc

A ruptured or herniated is a more serious problem. It is most commonly seen in the lower back, but it can also occur anywhere within the spine. This is when part of the soft nucleus pushes out of the annulus into the spinal canal, usually through a weakened area due to degeneration or trauma.

How Chiropractic Can Help

Chiropractic care, combined with simple exercise, such as walking, an increase in water intake and improved nutrition can offer a natural resolution to many disc problems without surgery.

We have helped many of our clients to achieve success with addressing their disc problems in our office. Chiropractic care can often help to heal disc tissue as well as provide relief to the pain accompanied with disc problems.

 

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