Get Relief From Disc Pain With Strategic Chiropractic Care


What is a Slipped Disc?

Your spine has 26 bones (vertebrae) that are cushioned by discs. A disc cannot slip. But it can bulge, wedge, protrude, and herniate. These discs have two parts—a soft, jelly-like inner portion and a tough outer ring of fibrous tissue. This tissue creates separation between the spinal bones so pairs of nerves can exit the spine. Healthy discs provide flexibility for normal turning and bending. Accidents and improper lifting can cause the core to shift, resulting in herniation, protrusion, or a prolapsed disc.


Pinched Nerve vs. Disc Pain

A pinched nerve occurs when there is pressure on a nerve. This compression often happens when the nerve is pressed between your ligament, tendon, and bone tissues. Symptoms of a pinched nerve may feel similar to sciatica or herniated disc pain. For example, pressure or inflammation on a nerve root exiting the spine may cause pain to radiate into the leg and foot (sciatic nerve pain). Pain may also result from pressure put on a spinal nerve due to a weakened or torn (herniated) disc.

Your Pain Relief

Most patients with a bulging disc don’t need surgery. Pain and other symptoms from a herniated disc may not require surgery either. These conditions can usually be treated successfully with nonsurgical options, including physical therapy and natural chiropractic manipulation. A thorough examination will help identify any subluxations in your spine where spinal bones are not moving correctly. Once a chiropractic adjustment is delivered, your body uses this energy to heal itself.

When I first came in, I was in the most pain. I could barely walk. The pain was disrupting my performance at work and being a mom. I was scared to hold my baby because I didn’t want to drop her. After only one adjustment at Inspire Me, my pain went from a 10 to an 8 and only got better and better to where I was off my pain meds and just about walking normal. I am so glad I found them, and don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t. I surely recommend Inspire Me.


What is a Bulging Disc?

A bulging disc occurs when a disc swells outside of the area it normally occupies between your vertebrae, but it doesn’t crack or rupture. The protrusion, or bulge, can deposit pressure, stress, and tension on the surrounding nerve roots. This pressure causes pain that can radiate through the back and other areas of the body or extremities.

Causes: A sudden injury to your intervertebral disc, overuse (repetitive injury) or misuse can weaken your discs.

Symptoms: Pain from a bulging disc may start slowly and get worse over time or during certain activities that aggravate the condition. Symptoms can include pain, numbness, and muscle weakness.

What is a Herniated Disc?

A herniated disc occurs when a disc cracks, or ruptures. The outer portion (annulus fibrosis) of a vertebral disc is torn, allowing the inner portion (nucleus) to herniate, or extrude, through the fibers. Sometimes the symptoms of a herniated disc can improve within a few weeks or months. Pain and symptoms from a herniated disc can also begin slowly and worsen over time or during certain activities.

Causes: A herniated disc occurs most often in young and middle-aged adults, and typically appears in the lower back. Herniated discs in the thoracic spine area usually affect those between the ages of 40 and 60. Discs can rupture from a sudden force to the spine or by bending to lift something that is too heavy. Discs can also rupture from a small amount of force if the disc has been weakened by prior activities or over time.

Symptoms: The major symptom of a herniated disc is pain, usually in the back at the site of the affected disc. Pain can also radiate to the front of your body, and depending on the affected nerves, you may feel pain in another part of your body, such as your heart, abdomen or kidneys.

Herniated and bulging discs can also press on your spinal cord and cause additional symptoms:


Muscle weakness




Pain with coughing or sneezing


Radiating pain in your upper arm, forearm or fingers


Decreased muscle tone


Pain moving your neck


Deep pain near or over your shoulder blade


Pain when sitting


Pain when standing




Changes in bladder or bowel function


Increased reflexes in one or both legs

These can cause muscle spasms.

What Causes a Pinched Nerve?

Pairs of nerve roots branch off your spinal cord at each vertebrae to service the organs and tissues of your body. When the opening is obstructed, your brain cannot properly regulate your body. Sometimes a spinal bone comes out of alignment, resulting in a nerve irritation, or what we call a subluxation.

Subluxations occur from emotional, chemical and physical stressors. Conditions that may cause tissue to compress a nerve or nerves include:


Recent or past injury


Stress from repetitive work


Poor posture


Hobbies or sports activities


Emotional stress



These nerve pinches, also known as subluxations, can go undetected for years and do not always have a symptom associated with it until the damage has already been done. Symptoms are a warning sign that something is not right, just like the check engine light in your car signals you to get your car checked. This is why a chiropractic check up is a good idea and there’s no better time than now!

Pressure on the nerve root causes inflammation of the nerve and disrupts the nerve’s function. There’s usually no permanent damage if you experience a pinched nerve for a short time. Once the pressure is relieved, your nerve function returns to normal. However, if the pressure continues, it can result in chronic pain and permanent nerve damage.

How Does Chiropractic Help Disc Problems?

It can be frustrating when you’re not able to pinpoint the source of your pain. Chiropractic can alleviate many of your symptoms by addressing the integrity of your nervous system. Because the inter-vertebral discs are so close to the spinal cord and nerve roots, spinal adjustments can restore proper motion and position of affected spinal joints. We take great care to locate and correct areas of the spine which may cause nervous system interference. If caught before permanent damage, disc tissue often returns to a more normal size and shape following treatment with chiropractic adjustments.

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