Disc Syndromes

IntervertebralDisc

As a rule, we do not think disc problems should not be treated with traditional manipulation techniques. However, when identified correctly, some stages of disc problems can be treated with conservative and gentle techniques, yielding great results.

Internal Disruption.

internal disruption is an early state of disc herniation, where bits of the nuclear material has displaced itself through tiny cracks in the layers of the disc, but has not penetrated to the outer layers. Specific exercises for this problem are often extremely effective in coaxing the pieces back to the middle where they belong. We have the specialized training to find the right exercises for each type of problem.

Disc Structure.

The intervertebral disc is essentially sturctured like the layers of a cut onion. In the middle is a gelatenous mass of "nuclear material" which helps the disc in its functions, especially redirecting pressure.

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Disc Protrusion.

Here, parts of the nuclear material has worked its way through many of the layers of the disc, excerting additional pressure on the outer layer in one area, causing it to bulge out toward a nerve root or the spinal cord. This kind of disc problem can respond extremely well to conservative therapies, such as (appropriate) chiropractic procedures and disc specific exercises.

Disc Herniation.

In a herniation, parts of the disc material extends through the layers of the disc and are moving toward parts of the nervous system. This type of injury usually does not respond well to manual care