Slipped Disc?
Published in the Times Standard
      Many times a patient enters my office stating, “Doc, I think my disc slipped!” In actuality discs don’t slip because of the nature of their makeup and the surrounding anatomy. The intervertebral disc is a fibro-cartilaginous and gel-like structure that acts like a shock absorber between the spinal vertebrae (26 discs in all). This protects the brain, spinal nerves, blood vessels and lymphatics, as well as the vertebrae themselves. The disc is composed of a fibrous strong interwoven structure called an annulus fibrosis. This annulus attaches to the vertebrae above and below, encircling the center of the disc keeping it in place. This center is a gel-like substance known as the nucleus pulposus. The disc is a- vascular, it has no blood supply. It relies on its nutrition from the vertebrae above and below diffusing needed nutrients as we bend, twist and move. So you can see, discs don’t really slip, however, the vertebrae can.
          Slipped or subluxated vertebrae is a spinal distortion that has serious effects on the discs if left uncorrected. These subluxations or misalignments restrict spinal movements. Without spinal flexibility and movement, less nutrients are diffused and spinal degeneration can occur over time. As the discs thin in the process of drying out, the exiting spinal nerves can become compromised. The foramen, or opening for these nerves, becomes smaller and tighter, pinching off vital nerve energy and communication lines.
          Discs can also bulge, prolapse, extrude or sequestrate causing severe pain. Through spinal trauma, injury, subluxations along with the aging process, leaks or cracks occur in this annulus. This weakness allows the nucleus to leak or bulge to various degrees. In the cervical spine pain is in the neck, shoulders or arms and hands; the thoracic spine pain radiates to the chest or rib cage; in the lumbar spine pain extends to the buttocks, thighs, legs and feet. Through the proper chiropractic technique and care, discs and associated pain can be relieved and spinal health maintained. While surgery is sometimes necessary, it is dangerous and risky. I have many patients that have had repeated surgeries from spinal surgery failures.
      If you have recurring back or neck pain and stiffness, these could be warning signals. Chiropractic could be a blessing to your health as it has been to many suffering with spine and disc problems.Call our office for a check-up and free consultation. You too could be helped by Chiropractic “Naturally”.
Crosbie Chiropractic
Michael H. Crosbie, D.C.
1828 Main Street
Fortuna, CA 95540
(707) 725-5668