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Disc Herniations Treatment in Barrie

Disc Herniation Model

A disc herniation, also commonly referred to as a “slipped disc”, occurs when a tear in the disc’s tough outer layer allows the soft jelly-like interior to push out, pressing on the nerve roots as they leave the spinal canal. Disc herniations can occur at any of the discs between the vertebrae of the spine, but they’re most common in the discs located in the lower neck and lower back.

Disc herniations can occur for many reasons, including:

  • Age: The natural aging process can lead to wear and tear on the discs, making them more likely to herniate.
  • Trauma: A sudden injury, such as a fall, car accident, or improper lifting form can cause disc herniations.
  • Poor Posture: Chronic poor posture, especially when sitting for extended periods, can strain the spine and increase the risk of herniations.
  • Repetitive Movements: Jobs or activities that involve repetitive bending, lifting, or twisting can contribute to disc issues.
  • Genetics: Some people may be genetically predisposed to disc problems.

Disc herniations are more common than most people realize.  Research has shown that around 37% of 20-year-olds have disc herniations. The prevalence increases as we age, rising to as high as 96% of 80-year-olds.

What Are Some Symptoms?

Disc herniations are very common and often asymptomatic. This is because a normal healthy disc does not have any nerves that can detect the damage as it happens.  A disc herniation may become symptomatic when the herniation begins to push on surrounding structures, such as nerves or muscles, or if a local inflammatory response is triggered in the area.

The symptoms of a disc herniation vary depending on the location and severity of the herniation. Common signs include:

  • Pain at the site of herniation (typically back or neck)
  • Radiating pain into the arms or legs
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Muscle weakness
  • Difficulty walking or maintaining balance

Our Approach to Care

Our team has expertise in addressing disc herniations. With proper diagnosis, we can craft a plan to help address the root cause of the pain. The approach will be individualized to the case, and may include:

Spinal Adjustments: Chiropractors use gentle, targeted adjustments to mobilize the spine and relax the surrounding muscles, reducing pressure on the affected disc and promoting natural healing.

Pain Management: Your practitioner can help reduce pain and inflammation associated with disc herniations, allowing patients to regain their mobility.

Rehabilitation: Your practitioner may recommend exercises and stretches to strengthen the muscles supporting the spine, preventing future injury.

Lifestyle Advice: Chiropractors can provide guidance on maintaining proper posture and making ergonomic adjustments to minimize the risk of recurrent disc herniations.

Ditch Disc Discomfort With Chiropractic Care

If you suffer from disc pain, our experienced chiropractors and caring team are here to help. Call Complete Care Chiropractic today to book an appointment!



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