HERNIATED AND “SLIPPED DISCS”
Herniations of spinal discs are very common in daily life and sporting injuries. The end result is the same but the cause varies depending on activity.
The intervertebral discs are the pivotal axis of movement for the spinal column and have fibers that join into the vertebrae above and below. The disc is made up of two components, the nucleus pulposus (center 1/3) and the annulus fibrosis (outer 2/3) .The nucleus pulposus is a soft jelly like substance. The outer annular fibers circulate the nucleus and act like rubber bands to provide a boundary wall for the disc. The disc provides shock absorption and the ability for the vertebrae above and below to move. However, the major role of the outer annular fibers is to restrict excessive rotation.
A herniated disc will therefore occur more often when the spinal column is stressed in forward flexion and rotation, tearing the outer fibers (annulus fibrosis) causing the central nucleus to protrude into the annular wall causing a ‘’protrusion or bulge’’. This protrusion will then possibly touch or compress the spinal nerve root and or the spinal cord producing moderate to severe pain. The degree of protrusion will determine the severity of the condition.
The symptoms experienced may include; numbness and tingling, burning, weakness, referred pain down the leg following the specific nerve affected, and groin pain. If you have any problems with bowel and bladder function you must seek medical attention immediately.
GONSTEAD LONDON CHIROPRACTOR TREATMENT
Utilising the Gonstead system specific examination and diagnostic principles are utilized including X-Rays and MRI Scans in order to ensure patient safety, and a speedy resolution of your pain. As a result of our specialty we are referred the difficult cases that have failed to respond with other treatment therapies.
We at the Gonstead London Chiropractor Clinic treat the Mechanical Joint Dysfunction which can be the cause of the resultant pain pattern. As Gonstead specific London Chiropractors, we are able to identify the exact vertebrae that is misaligned in the exact position and using our hands gently maneuver the problem vertebrae in the correct position. Xrays and MRI’s may be used to assist in the diagnosis if needed.
In order to effectively manage your condition, your Gonstead London Chiropractor may also implement spinal stabilization exercises to strengthen the spine and massage therapy to address the muscle spasms.
The sooner you receive treatment the more successful the outcome. Otherwise, over many years, the vertebrae and disc will degenerate complicating the condition.
The Gonstead London Chiropractor Clinic works closely with Neurosurgeons and Orthopaedic Surgeons, therefore, if your condition requires further attention, or if you case is not a chiropractic condition, your chiropractor will refer you to the appropriate medical specialist.
Call us for a free initial telephone consultation (020) 7637 2920
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