Healing Disc Problems with Chiropractic Care

The disc is a small pad of cartilage situated between spinal bones. The soft jelly-like center is contained by layers of fibrous tissues. Each disc serves as a connector, spacer, and shock absorber for the spine. When healthy, these discs allow for normal bending, turning, and overall body movement.

Causes of a Herniated Disc

Since spinal discs have a very poor blood supply, they depend upon the circulation of joint fluids to bring nutrients and expel waste. If a spinal joint loses its normal motion and this pumping action is impaired, the health of the disc deteriorates. Like a wet sponge, a healthy disc is flexible. A dry sponge is hard, stiff, and can crack easily. This is how many disc problems begin.

Because of the way each disc is attached to the vertebra above and below it, a disc cannot slip as commonly thought. However, trauma or injury to the spine can cause discs to bulge, herniate, or worse, rupture. This can be quite painful, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots, interfering with their function.

How Chiropractic Adjustments can Help

At our Peabody MA chiropractic office, Dr. Danubio will determine the severity of your herniated disc. Patients can expect a full back and neck exam which will pinpoint the problem. After an initial consultation and check-up, Dr. Danubio will determine the best course of chiropractic treatment. While results cannot be guaranteed, many patients have avoided needless surgery or a dependency on pain medication by choosing conservative chiropractic care to manage their disc problems. Contact our office today, we’re here to help!