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How to heal my disc injuries?

How to heal low back disc injury?

The first recommended step would be to have a primary Image of a herniated disc in the spinal columncare physician, such as a chiropractor, to evaluate your disc injuries. An MRI of the lumbar spine would need to be prescribed to determine the severity of your disc injuries. There are different degrees of disc injuries that range from bulges, disc protrusions and herniations, ruptured discs, and sequestered discs. Mild disc bulges respond well with stretching regularly to the back musculature and lower extremities. Although when disc injuries are moderate to severe, such as a disk herniation, it becomes more difficult to treat the injury.

Most disc injuries are considered as a permanent type injury in which the disc will probably never be 100% again. But that should not be of concern since there are non-surgical treatments that can help tremendously for disc injuries. Some of these options are chiropractic adjustments, physiotherapy, spinal decompression, inversion tables, as well as stretches. Strengthening exercises are just as important to help prevent further injury to the discs.

Anatomy of vertebrae and discs

The human spine is made up of a column of bones called vertebrae. A normal vertebrae and vertebral disc in the spinal columnBetween each of these vertebra are gel-filled disc that acts as a shock absorber, preventing the bones from rubbing together. Discs design are similar to a car tire. The tough outer portion of the disc, called the annulus, has criss-crossing fibrous bands, similar to tire tread. These bands then attach to each vertebra bone. Inside of the disc is a gel-filled center called the nucleus, much like a tire tube.

How did the disc injury occur?

Another important assessment is to determine how exactly the disc injury occurred. If the cause of the disc injury was from an auto accident then you can work towards rehabilitating those injuries. It may become difficult to rehab a disc injury if the disc injury was caused by a repetitive related trauma. For example, if you work as a roofer and perform excessive bending and lifting on a regular basis. You then may want to consider a new line of work since the disc injuries will more than likely never improve due to constant aggravation. The longer someone can avoid aggravation of their disc injury the greater the chance of it resolving with time. Since there are few blood vessels circulating through the vertebral discs it may take several months to years for the damaged tissue to heal completely.

Symptoms of disc injuries

Disc injuries may not always show signs of symptoms in the form of pain.Degenerative disc disease and degenerative joint disease Which is one reason why a disc injury may become a frustrating injury. One day you may feel pain free and the next you may feel as if you were hit by a bus when inflammation occurs to your disc. Bad sleeping positions are sometimes the cause of aggravation of your disc injury. Dehydration is another cause of your symptoms to reappear. Since the vertebral discs are made up of 80% water, dehydration may cause the disc to shrink. When this happens it may cause the vertebrae to put a constant pressure onto the spinal nerves causing the following symptoms.

Types of symptoms from cervical disc injuries may include:

• generalized sharp or achey pains to the area of the disc injury

• numbness, tingling, pins/needles sensation, burning discomfort, or sharp pains traveling to the shoulders, arms , and hands

• muscle spasms to the upper shoulders and arms

• headaches or migraines

• muscle weakness to the upper extremities (shoulders, arms, hands)

Types of symptoms from lumbar disc injuries may include:

• generalized sharp or achey pains to the area of the disc injury

• numbness, tingling, pins/needles sensation, burning discomfort, or sharp pains traveling to the shoulders, arms , and hands

• muscle spasms to paraspinal muscles (lower back muscles), gluteus muscles, hamstrings, quadriceps, or calf musculature

• muscle weakness to the lower extremities (gluteus muscles, hamstrings, quadriceps, or calf muscles)

• sciatica

The long term affect of a disc injury to the vertebrae are bone spurs or osteophytes. When you have degenerative disc disease the body lays down calcium to the disc over time making the disc stronger to prevent further damage. When this occurs you may start to experience a loss of the normal range of motion to the spine. Vertebrae may eventually become fused together naturally over the course of a lifetime when you have degenerative disc disease. When this process occurs two vertebrae may become joined to together as one segment between the two vertebra. This process unfortunately is irreversible, which is why a medical professional should evaluate your disc injury immediately.

If you would like more information on disc injuries click here or schedule an appointment for a chiropractic evaluation in south Florida with Dr. Michael White contact us at 855-954-2273.

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