In between each one of the bones in your spine lies an intervertebral disc, which is comprised of a cartilage (tire-like) band referred to as the ‘annulus fibrosis’ and a gelatinous-like center referred to as the ‘nucleus pulposus.’ These structures enable the disc to compress and distort in response to movement and impact, distributing the force more evenly and lessening impact. These intervertebral discs, often simply referred to as ‘discs’, act as a shock absorber for your spine as you move, and protect the nerves that run off your spinal cord and innervate the muscles, organs, and glands in your body. As the result of injury, poor posture, and age these discs can bulge, tear, slip, and thin, resulting in pain and dysfunction.
By properly aligning the spine, pressure can be relieved on nerves and on the discs themselves. Surgery is both risky and expensive, and also requires a significant amount of recovery time. Considering this, it is important that you seek non-invasive low-risk alternatives such as chiropractic care before jumping to more risky alternatives such as medicine and surgery. Chiropractic care in many cases provides patients with relief from disc injuries. With a goal of properly aligning the spine and restoring motion to the joint, chiropractic care can eliminate your pain and discomfort and allow you to live a normal lifestyle.