Could Your Back Pain be a Disc Herniation?

Have you ever heard of someone having a “slipped” disc, a bulged disc, or a disc herniation? All of these terms refer to the same thing! One thing must be cleared up to start though – you cannot physically “slip” your disc! It’s anatomically impossible!!

A disc herniation are caused by excessive load forces and can also be idiopathic (unknown). In between each of your vertebrae your discs sit as your natural “shock absorbers”, which are made up of a fibrous annular ring and a soft centre.

When put under excessive load by lifting heavy items for example, it is possible to tear the outer annular ring, which allows for the soft centre (nucleus pulposis) to push through. Due to the make up of the body, that is the presence of ligaments and such encasing structures, it is most common for herniation to occur in a posterio-lateral direction, although it as been known to occur medially.

So does it cause pain??

A herniated disc does not necessarily cause pain! It depends on the location of the herniation and whether or not it is in contact with, or causes disturbance to, spinal nerve roots.

The herniated disc can push directly on nerve roots, which are interpreted as pain thus alerting you to the problem. Similarly, in trying to stabilize the area, your body can invoke an inflammatory response, which equally puts pressure on the nerve roots and also sends pain signals!

How Chiropractic care can help…

Chiropractic care aims at relieving your painful symptoms by correcting your posture. In realigning your vertebrae to their correct or more ideal position, pressure on the disc causing the herniation is released, allowing it to recoil to it’s ideal position and to repair itself.

If you suffer from back pain you could be suffering from a disc herniation! To find out more and to have your posture checked, please come and visit one of your local chiropractors here at Spine and Health. Conveniently located on the Lower North Shore in Crows Nest and North Sydney the Spine and Health Chiro’s are the experts in Pain and Posture.

They will conduct a digital postural analysis and come up with a specially designed plan of action for you should they decide that Chiro care would benefit you and your wellbeing.

To relieve the pain of your disc herniation, to look better, move better,  and feel better, please call today.

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North Sydney              Ph 9955 8055

Slipped Disc Treatment

Do you know what a ‘slipped disc’ is?

First of all you need to know how your body works so that it will help you understand why and how injuries happen and secondly how to stay healthy. The spine is divided into three parts: the neck (cervical vertebrae); the chest (thoracic vertebrae) and the lower back (lumbar vertebrae). These three areas are naturally curved to support the body with strong, flexible muscles and ligaments to maintain the structure. Each disc is tough on the outside with a spongy center with a constant exchange of fluids to enhance our movement.

Slipped discs most often affect the lower back (lumbar vertebrae) and are relatively rare in the neck (cervical vertebrae) and in the chest (thoracic vertebrae) sections of the spine. If we are diagnosed with a slipped disc, it doesn’t really mean that our ‘disc has slipped’ it means that the soft part of the disc bulges through the circle of the connective tissue and that is when you will need slipped disc treatment in North Sydney and Crows Nest by the Chiropractors at the Spine and Health centres.


What are the symptoms of a slipped disc? Sometimes a slipped disc can be symptom free, we don’t even know it is happening, but other times it causes a great deal of pain generally due to the pressure on the nerve roots or on the spinal cord.

In severe cases, and if you have pressure on the nerve roots, you may experience weakness up to paralysis in some of your muscles with associated pain radiating to your legs and/or arms. You may also experience a disturbance of feeling in the limbs; muscle spasms or paralysis in some parts of your body. Pressure on the spinal cord can also cause problems with control of the bladder and/or bowel.

For a lot of patients the disc pain comes on with little or no trauma or provocation. Poor posture can dramatically load up a disc creating increase strain and wear and tear. A thorough look at a person’s posture can determine if their discs are under increased strain, or if their posture is a causing their disc problems in the first place.

Did you know that forward head posture significantly increase’s the load on your lower back? For every inch your head moves forward the effective weight of the head doubles creating increased load on your lower discs! It’s not uncommon for the clients who have undergone slipped disc treatment in North Sydney and Crows Nest to have had their forward head posture reduced by up to 6 inches.

It is important to go to the appropriate people in order to make a correct diagnosis because several other diseases have similar symptoms, The team  at the Spine and Health Centres understand the link between posture, discs and health and have had great success in slipped disc treatment in North Sydney and Crows Nest.

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Bulging Disc Treatment

The spinal “column” is a very strong structure, made up of 24 moveable back bones with 23 discs separating each of these bones. It is an essential structure, being the frame-work of our body, however, if we suffer from ‘disc’ problems, we feel so disabled and cannot do a thing, we can hardly move and sometimes we cannot even move off the bed.


We often hear said “I have a slipped disc” or “I have a bulging disc “or “I have a herniated disc”. What does this mean? Are they one and the same condition? These three terms are all generally interchangeable by the majority of us but have very different outcomes.

Generally disc disorders can be defined as ‘contained’ or ‘non-contained’, a disc has a very strong tough fibrous outer structure, with a softer gel like substance in the centre. A bulging disc that is a contained disc disorder, means that the soft inner gel like part, remains contained within the tough outer structure. A herniated or ruptured disc is an example of a non-contained disc which means that the soft gel inside has partially or completely broken through the tough outer layer spreading into the spinal cord and affecting the nervous system resulting in intense pain. Disc’s problems can be very serious and must be treated very carefully this is when bulging disc treatment in North Sydney and Crows Nest by the chiropractors of the Spine and Health Team is an essential step to take to alleviate your disc symptoms.

A lot of people do not even know that they have a bulging disc and can generally live with this ailment for many years without it causing any problems, whereas, others suffer from intense pain and suffer symptoms such as leg weakness, foot problems, tingling (pins & needles) sensations in the legs and even numbness in the limbs.
For a lot of patients the disc pain comes on with little or no trauma or provocation.

Poor posture can dramatically load up a disc creating increase strain and wear and tear. A thorough look at a person’s posture can determine if their discs are under increased strain.  Before Bulging Discs are treated in any of our centres a Posture Scan and Standing Digital X-rays will be taken.

Unfortunately discs are unable to repair themselves so even mild pain should be thoroughly examined and where appropriate bulging disc treatment in North Sydney and Crows Nest should be considered. The Spine and Health Centres understand the link between posture and health and have had great success in treating bulging discs and related disc problems.

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