Mission Statement: “We treat the source not the symptoms”
Pain of any kind, at any age, is a sign that something is wrong. Pain is the way your body signals that a limit has been reached or a problem has developed. Since we can adapt, minor aches and pains are often shrugged off. While the pain may seemingly go away, if the underlying problem remains unattended, the problem may slowly worsen until it becomes more difficult and expensive to resolve. Some people silence their symptoms with a pain reliever and ignore the message. But that would be like removing the battery to silence a smoke detector!
WHAT IS A HERNIATED DISC?
A herniated disc refers to a problem with one of the rubbery cushions (discs) situated between the individual bones (vertebrae) that stack up to make your spine.
A spinal disc is a little like a jelly doughnut, with a soft centre encased within a tougher exterior. Sometimes called a slipped disc or a ruptured disc, a herniated disc occurs when some of the softer “jelly” centre pushes out through a tear in the tougher exterior.
WHAT IS A SPINAL DISC?
The discs between the vertebrae are composed of an annulus fibrosus and a nucleus pulposus.
The nucleus pulposus is the inner core of the vertebral disc and is composed of a jelly-like material that consists mainly of water.
The annulus is an outer fibrous layered ring which surrounds the inner jelly-like centre, the nucleus pulposus.
Facts about the Disc
- Shock absorber for the spine
- Largest avascular structure in the human body
- Both the nucleus and annulus are comprised mainly of water (88%)
- Spine is composed of 24 movable bones
- Proper Spinal Alignment is needed for proper spinal loading and segmental motion
- Spinal motion at a segmental level is required to facilitate the fluid circulation and the cycle of waste and nutrition exchange.
- Intermittent or continuous neck/back pain;
- Spasm of the muscles;
- Muscle weakness in the arms/legs;
- Numbness in the arms/legs;
- Pain in the arms/legs;
- Decreased reflexes;
- Changes in bladder or bowel function.
Stages of Disc Herniations
X-rays of a patient with lumbar discopathy. The patient had low back pain, radiating pain, numbness and tingling down the legs. After the treatment course, the patient has significant improvement symptomatically, structurally and functionally.