Back pain can be due to an issue in your discs. Most people are familiar with the discs in the spine, and most have heard of a bulging disc or a herniated disc. But what does this really mean and how do the discs contribute to back pain? The discs are located between each vertebra in your spine. The disc consists of a gel-like substance in the center and around it are fibrous outer rings. When the outer rings of the disc are weakened, the gel in the center will start to push out towards the edges, causing a bulge. Eventually, the disc material may rupture the outer edge of the disc entirely, causing the infamous disc herniation.
Back pain can be caused by a bulging or herniated disc, and it can be extraordinarily painful. It may also come along with numbness, tingling, and weakness. Common treatment options include painkillers and anti-inflammatories, various therapies, or even surgery in severe cases.
Addressing Disc Issues to Resolve Back Pain
When you are experiencing back pain and potential symptoms of a disc problem, the first priority should be ensuring proper alignment of your spine. In our practice, we approach alignment issues starting at the upper cervical area of the spine. The atlas vertebra is extremely important because when it is out of alignment, the head is not level. This creates the need for postural compensations – the shoulders and hips must adjust so that the head is carried level. This can cause unequal and abnormal pressure on the discs, leading to disc issues.
The goal of upper cervical chiropractic is to restore normal atlas alignment so that the head will have proper support, which will reduce abnormal stress on the vertebrae and discs below. In addition, normal atlas alignment will allow your body’s central nervous system to function more optimally, which will contribute to the natural healing process.
You don’t need to continue living with back pain and disc issues. Upper cervical chiropractic is a natural, gentle solution to restore the quality of life and get you back to doing what you love to do.