Slipped Disc

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Slipped Disc

The vertebrae in the spine are separated by a form of cartilage, known as Discs. These discs contain a cushioning material similar to gel, and act to protect the vertebrae from the impact of daily activities such as walking, running, sitting and lifting. The disc material can be damaged by sudden trauma or worn down over time through poor biomechanics, incorrect posture, or sitting for long periods. The damage caused means the discs can’t give the vertebrae the right level of protection. This then puts pressure on the rest of the spine, or in some cases on a specific nerve. This damage is known as Slipped discs, disc herniations or disc bulges.

Symptoms of a Slipped Disc

When a disc tears under pressure, this can create a bulge, which then puts pressure on the nerves outside of the disc. If the nerve roots affected travel down the arms or legs, patients can experience symptoms. If you have a slipped disc, you might feel:

  1. Sciatic pain - pain that can be mild or severe, stretching between the lower back and legs.
  2. Back pain
  3. Pain, weakness, tingling or numbness in other areas of the body

Treatments for a Slipped Disc

During our consultation process, we’ll decide which of our therapies would be best for you. Generally for a slipped disc, a combination of shockwave therapy and spinal decompression treatments are most beneficial.

  1. Shockwave therapy helps break down scar tissue in the affected area, mainly to improve movement. The increased movement is able to pump nutrients through the disc, which in turn helps rehydrate the disc that created the bulge
  2. Spinal decompression can be used on either the neck or lower back, and uses a small amount of your body weight to apply a gentle traction force to the spine. This helps to ease pressure on the spine, allowing it to decompress and let nutrients, oxygen and fluids back into the discs within your spine.
  3. Pumping the nutrients back into the disc is a vital part of treatment, helping revitalise the healing environment within your spine. This allows for improvements to continue even after the treatment has ended.

Frequent Questions

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“My pain levels have reduced and I’m more flexible.”

Cecil Nelson

13th July 2016

“My pain disappeared

Cacilda Stakteas

24th February 2017

“I have more confidence in my overall movement”

Andy Smart

8th March 2017

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