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Dealing With A Disc Injury

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Are you living with a slipped disc or other disc injury in Brookings? If you have a suspicion that your chronic back pain is being caused by a disc injury, or you have received a diagnosis that confirmed you are dealing with this kind of issue, you will probably benefit from seeing a professional chiropractor.

Whether the pain is mild or severe, it is important to deal with it promptly so that the issue does not progress an cause more permanent damage. The following article discusses some of the symptoms of disc injuries with the aim of helping you to understand what you are dealing with. It also goes over how chiropractic care may give you immediate relief from the pain and discomfort associated with a disc injury, as well as possible long-term recovery.


Disc Injury in Brookings

The little pads that lie between your vertebrae are called the intervertebral discs. Each of these discs has a tough outer ring and a soft gel-like center. Your disc's job is to both join and to separate your vertebrae from one another. These discs act as cushions, or shock absorbers, so that the bones don’t make contact with each other as you move around, carry large objects, and bend over. Without the discs you would literally be unable to move our upper torso. Here are a few of the different kinds of disc injuries that make movements of the upper torso painful and difficult:

  • A protruding disc occurs when the disc becomes asymmetrical and the gel is pushed out or bulging.
  • A herniated disc is when the disc material has ruptured to the point that the gel pushes outward.
  • A disc extrusion is the worst type of disc injury. This is when the gel balloons extensively into the area outside the vertebrae or breaks off from the disc.

Signs and Symptoms of a Disc Injury

All of the above issues tend to result in considerable back pain, numbness, and limitation in range of motion due to the irritation of the nerve roots at the point where the injury occurs and the impact this has on the surrounding tissues. A number of distressing symptoms can arise from this nerve irritation and damage, including but not limited to:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Weak legs or feet
  • Leg and foot pain, numbness and tingling (also known as sciatica)
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control

Chiropractic Care for Disc Injury

Chiropractic care in Brookings for disc injuries has a proven track record of providing both short-term pain relief and long-term recovery. A chiropractic treatment involves a thorough assessment of your medical history and x-rays, as well as a physical examination in order to determine the extent of the disc injury and the appropriate treatment.

The approach that is taken will be individually tailored to your specific issue and will always include gentle adjustments to the spine to relieve pressure on the nerves and deal with the pain and discomfort. If you have a disc injury, call our team at Murray Chiropractic Clinic today to receive a consultation and start on the path to recovery.

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Murray Chiropractic Clinic
750 22nd Avenue South
Brookings, SD 57006
(605) 697-5090

“When I came to Dr. Murray it was because I couldn't turn my neck and the pain radiated into the left shoulder. I drive for my job, so that was really affecting my life. My treatments have really helped. In fact I would say my improvement has been excellent.”

- G.S.

“I had been in horrible pain for 3 weeks. I had so much trouble getting my sleep because of the pain. It even affected my mood and I found myself being crabby. My father referred me to Dr. Murray for care. The changes I've seen over the past few weeks are great. ”

- Brooke E.

“Since my treatments at Murray Chiropractic, I find it easier to move my arm and shoulder and comb my hair and even type on my computer. I rate my improvement at 95%”

- D.N.

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750 22nd Avenue South
Brookings, SD 57006